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Old 09-14-2010, 09:16 PM
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what is this?????

what is this? is it my lower control arm?
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:48 PM
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Re: what is this?????

outer tie rod.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:50 PM
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Re: what is this?????

this is what makes the wheel turn right?
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:56 PM
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Re: what is this?????

It's connected to the wheel assembly and the rack and pinion. When you turn your wheel, it will extend or retract depending on the direction you turn. So yes, it turns your wheel. I could be wrong though, no promises
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: what is this?????

ok so how do i remove just the arm not the whole thing with the boot just the arm becuz the ball joint broke?
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Re: what is this?????

The Part in the boot is your "inner" rie rod...the extension outwards is the outer tie rod. I'm currently ordering the inner. It is necessary for an alignment. That's all I got.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:02 PM
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Re: what is this?????

First off, you need to mark where it is at right now. You will have to get it as close as possible and get an alignment after you mess with it. You need to brace the locking nut (behind the actual tie rod). After you have that held steady, you just have to unscrew it. It's also a good idea to replace the rack and pinion boot while you're at it. They are old, lol.

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Re: what is this?????

ok so does anyone know how to remover the outer tie rod? looks like theres a nut on the end but i tried twisting it didnt budge!!!!???
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Re: what is this?????

youtube has pretty good videos on how to replace those parts. check it out
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Re: what is this?????

ok thanks will b checking those that nut is reall tight!
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Re: what is this?????

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ok thanks will b checking those that nut is reall tight!
As it should be. It Is a steering component, afterall. You might need to use a torch to remove it. Do NOT forget to mark where it is set. Some people clean the area very well and spray a little white paint over it. You will most likely need an alignment afterwards.
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Re: what is this?????

ok so basically i should vise the tie rod so it dont move while loosening the locking nut?
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:21 PM
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ok so basically i should vise the tie rod so it dont move while loosening the locking nut?
I would actually do it the other way around. "Vise" the locking nut and loosen the tie rod. That's how I did it when I had to replace mine.
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Re: what is this?????

ok so what do i use to grip the tie rod? becuz i know the locking nut is a 19mm
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Re: what is this?????

ok also probably stupid question but if im facing the the tie rod looking into the car i would turn it counter clock wise right? or is it the other way to loosen? confused since dont know which is the right way to be looking at it to know which is loosen or tighten!
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Re: what is this?????

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ok so what do i use to grip the tie rod? becuz i know the locking nut is a 19mm
You can just use vise-grips or something of the sort.

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ok also probably stupid question but if im facing the the tie rod looking into the car i would turn it counter clock wise right? or is it the other way to loosen? confused since dont know which is the right way to be looking at it to know which is loosen or tighten!
I'm pretty sure it is regular thread. As in, counter-clockwise (lefty loosy).
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Re: what is this?????

ok koo yea i know its left loosy,,,,righty tighty. but is it facing the car or facing out of the car?
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Re: what is this?????

As you're looking at it from the side of the car, i.e. perspective in picture number 2. You turn counter-clockwise IIRC.
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ok so counter clock wise on the tie rod or on the locking nut? sorry for some many questions but ur really saving my lude here !
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Re: what is this?????

Im pretty sure that I watched my boyfriend's dad replace these on his car. I didnt watch him take them out. Basically he just pulled on them, he may have used something to pry the pieces apart. Then again it was on a nissan and Im defiently not sure.
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ok so counter clock wise on the tie rod or on the locking nut? sorry for some many questions but ur really saving my lude here !
It's all good dude. That's what we're all here for. I'm glad to help. Counter-clockwise on the tie rod. The locking nut should be reverse-threaded. So looking from outside the car. Counter-clockwise for the tie rod and clockwise for the locking nut. I really wish someone else would chime in and confirm this because it has been a while since I did this and I'm going off of memory.
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Im pretty sure that I watched my boyfriend's dad replace these on his car. I didnt watch him take them out. Basically he just pulled on them, he may have used something to pry the pieces apart. Then again it was on a nissan and Im defiently not sure.
Pulled on them? On the actual tie rod? It's threaded, so that wouldn't make sense, lol. If you're talking about separating the tie rod from the wheel assembly, then you just use a tie rod end remover. You can see one in the link I posted earlier.
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Re: what is this?????

yea i know thanks randall! Where are my other luders help ur fellow luder!?
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yea i know thanks randall! Where are my other luders help ur fellow luder!?
They're all drooling over the lanyards and the idea of hoodies/decals, lol. I'm just multitasking. You're welcome man, I hope you get everything figured out. Don't forget to look into replacing the rack and pinion boot as well.
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Im pretty sure that I watched my boyfriend's dad replace these on his car. I didnt watch him take them out. Basically he just pulled on them, he may have used something to pry the pieces apart. Then again it was on a nissan and Im defiently not sure.
yea i thnk she was talking bout the ball joints! or mayb the boot on the inner tie rod!
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Re: what is this?????

well will give it shot again tommorow to remove the outer tie rod....!!! Still have to hassle with removing the piece of the axle left in the tranny since my axle snapped from the boot! i got all the parts ready to go in axle,control arm,outer tie rod, end link to the sway bar, and hub and spindle!!!!!!!!!!!!! broke alot of stuff!!!!
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ok got it off and the axle that was stuck in the tranny put it all back together hoping my prelude was ready for the road but no transmission problems now thanks though to the people who helped me with the problems in this thread!!
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ok got it off and the axle that was stuck in the tranny put it all back together hoping my prelude was ready for the road but no transmission problems now thanks though to the people who helped me with the problems in this thread!!
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