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DB7 - Outer Tie Rod Ends & Lower Ball Joint Removal/Install

What are we doing today:
Removal of the tie rods, lower ball joint removal.

Tie Rod Tools needed:
  • 14mm socket
  • Socket Wrench
  • 19mm Flat Wrench
Outer Tie Rod End Removal:

Before we move or remove the outer tie rod, mark them with a colorful permanent marker. This will help line them closely back up when we are finished reinstalling the new ones. I also took a few measurements with my calipers. From the center of the ball joint head to the end of the threads, accounting for the difference in lock nut size.

Getting them close just helps you from ripping off your tires when you drive for an alignment. Which you will of course have to get at some point in the near future. 

Removal of the tie rod. 19mm flat wrench for the inner and 19mm for the outer. The wrench on the inner to help support it while you break the outer loose. Once the otter tie rod is loose spin it off. 

Comparison, old to new. 

This is where compensation for the lengths comes in to play.

Lower Ball Joint Tools Needed:
  • Rented C-Clamp "press"
  • 66.5mm Impact Socket
  • 3lbs Sledge hammer
  • C-Clip Ring Pliers/Needle Nose Pliers

Lower Ball Joint Removal/Installation:

For the lower ball joint removal I used a 3lbs sledge and an impact socket to beat the old one out. It always good to remove a little frustration by beating on something with a hammer. The easier option is to press this baby. I didn't have that luxury this time around. 

Here is the new one sitting pretty. I went with Moog lifetime replacements. A beautiful little unit that at least from the box wasn't completely made in China. 

Now using the large rented C-Clamp and my 66.5mm socket I squeeze the new lower ball joint back in to place. 

When it is seated all the way you will know as the c-clip ring should be flush.

Now snap your c-clip in place and you are ready to move on to the next side. 


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