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Hi guys just doing some research, I’ll be doing the inner tie rod ends on my car soon and just wondering if anyone has done these before. Any tips tricks to pass on, did you follow the service manual.

In the manual it says to tighten the nut and use sealant on the input gearbox, anyone done this or is it ok to crack the old end without playing around with the input section of the rack.

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Thanx AWDFTW, I’ll have a look.
 

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Gotta love YouTube. Eventually it'll have a video showing how to perform your own open heart surgery.
 

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Upon watching the video, I don’t have access to a hire tool and they are expensive to buy here In aus for a single use. So just wondering if anyone has done this with an open ender.
 

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Upon watching the video, I don’t have access to a hire tool and they are expensive to buy here In aus for a single use. So just wondering if anyone has done this with an open ender.
It can be done. Tight fit though and you'll only be able to turn it small amounts at a time, but once its broke loose, it should turn easy by hand the rest of the way. You'll have similar issue putting it on with limited wrench movement.
 

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Tie Rod Removal

Upon watching the video, I don’t have access to a hire tool and they are expensive to buy here In aus for a single use. So just wondering if anyone has done this with an open ender.
Don't y'all have AutoZone in AUS? They rent an inner tie rod removal tool.

Or you can get one for about $40... at Tool Planet dot com..... SKU: 400989
 

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I read of someone using a pipe wrench.
Yeah, that was me.

I really should buy my own tool at some point. You could also fab your own out of some plate steel. It takes some moving of the rack back and forth since a Monkey Wrench is somewhat bulky. It leaves little jaw marks on the barrel, but it works for me.
 

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No autozone here, some places hire automotive tools, but things like transports and engine boosts but nothing like that.

Cajun agggie $40 us + exchange rate + Netflix tax + postage will probably equal around $100 - $120 landed here in aus, bit much for a single use tool.

I really wish we had stores like autozone here, we have only just started getting code read at supercheap auto and it’s not free($30) per read.
 

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@Timberwolf99 I've seen some videos of people using locking pliers on the flat spots of the round knuckle on the steering arm. Just remember to unstake the washer first. You'll have to guess at installation torque. Slight scratches/damage to the outside of the ball socket shouldn't hurt the function of the ball-socket pivot as long as you don't crush it.

Didn't realize it was so expensive to get stuff to AUS. And the AutoZone I saw on Google maps is really just a mechanic shop called "Autozone" :) (in Blackburn)

Maybe you could find a shop that would loan/rent the tool to you. It must be a common tool in most shops.
 
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@Timberwolf99 I've seen some videos of people using locking pliers on the flat spots of the round knuckle on the steering arm. Just remember to unstake the washer first. You'll have to guess at installation torque.
Locking pliers, pipe wrench ... same principal. As far as torque, just get them tight, and don't forget to stake the washer.
 

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Thanx for the reply’s guys, I’ve found another tool that would do the job. Wish I could do it properly with the right tools but the ones the same in the video are $205 here that I could find cheapest and that is a special order still can’t just walk in and buy one.
 

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I really wish we had stores like autozone here, we have only just started getting code read at supercheap auto and it’s not free($30) per read.
You can get a VAG-COM cable for less than $30, even in Oz, and Rom Raider is free software to log data and FreeSSM, says it in its name, can read and reset the computer codes on the car.
 

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Thanx cardoc, I’ll look into that, I’d need a laptop though wouldn’t I.
 

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Ok just an update managed to find a place local,(still special order though) that had the right tool for $109.00. This was a great price as most other places had it for 200+ and was still a special order.

And cardoc would you know where in aus I can get a vag-com cable from. I now have a laptop that I pulled out of the local hardwares e waste bin and fixed up, just need to buy a replacement battery for it now. I’m going to use it for electronic copies of the service manuals and updating my service schedule spreadsheet. This will be another use for it.
 

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Thanx cardoc I’ll have a look. How’s sleeper going?
 
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