A couple of month ago I replaced my upper & lower control arms, shocks, springs and sway bar links and bushings on my 2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd, also put on new tires at that time. I am getting a clunk sound from my passenger side so I bought new inner and outer tie rods for both sides. I know how to replace the outer ones, do I need to replace the outer ones? How hard are they to do?
2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd
the inner ones are easy to do. autozone will rent you an inner tie rod end tool but you dont need it, i used a large adjustable wrench. the inner is located inside the black rubber boot thats on the end of the steering rack, that boot needs to be loosened and slid off the end of the tie rod, then crank the steering wheel all the way to the opposite side that you are working on and that will expose the large ball and socket end of the inner tie rod end. that ball and socket end is hex shaped and you will be able to get a large adjustable wrench on it and spin it off being careful to pay attention to the thread rotation. re install the new one that same way the old one came off and slide the boot back on (you will probably have to cut the strap that holds the boot on so use a large hose clamp to secure it back on) and then spin your outer tie rod and on and re install that into the knuckle.
EDIT: I just happen to have some pics from a 20 minute emergency inner TRE replacement, its on a 4x4 but its the same procedure as the 2wd.
2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
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