replacing inner tie rod without pulling rack?

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 03:41 pm   #1 (permalink)
davemac
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Default replacing inner tie rod without pulling rack?

Is this possible on a 93 V6 Camry XLE? My concern here is access
clearance to that end of the tie rod with a wrench and pliers to remove
the rod and boot while the rack remains untouched in the car. Or is
there at least some tool to aid in this?

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 06:12 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"davemac" <davemac2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Is this possible on a 93 V6 Camry XLE? My concern here is access
> clearance to that end of the tie rod with a wrench and pliers to remove
> the rod and boot while the rack remains untouched in the car. Or is
> there at least some tool to aid in this?



Opinion only:

In my w/shop manual they say to remove the rack to allow the rack end to be
held firmly in a soft-jawed vice, so the inner "ball-housing" or inner
tie-rod can be unscrewed from the rack after a lock-washer is tapped
straight,...so it looks do-able while in situ as long as you dont apply too
much twisting force to the rack while undoing the inner ball and housing.
The 2 boots are replaceable with the rack in position, so they aren't a
problem. In this situation, I would apply a counter twisting force to the
rack, while you apply torque to undo the inner ball-housing. Cant see why it
wouldnt work except the LHS (as viewed standing in front of the car looking
at the front of an English or Aussy model [ driven on the left of the road)
of the rack-end appears to be close to the cross-member. This may limit how
much purchase you can apply to the rack-end with a pair of vice-grips with
an inlay of sheet aluminium on the jaw-teeth to stop any damage to the rack
or it may not.

I guess the engine may limit access as well,..but IME where you see a
lock-washer (except in high torque areas like final-drive), you often find
once the lock-washer is tapped straight, the thing it was holding will
unscrew relatively easily.

Jason


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