5. With the nut removed, the rod-end can be separated from the spindle. A tie-rod end separator is useful here, but it can also be removed with a hammer. Spray penetrating oil onto the bolt where it protrudes through the spindle. Then, strike the side of the spindle with a hammer to loosen the bolt, then straight down onto the bolt. It might take a few raps of the hammer on the top of the bolt, but it will eventually pop right out.
6. After the bolt pops out, the tie-rod end is ready to be removed. Simply unscrew the rod-end off of the tie rod.
7. Take the blue aluminum collar and thread it onto the tie rod. Screw it on until it is close to the jam nut that’s still on the tie rod. Now, take the card used earlier and sandwich it between the jam nut and blue collar. Once lightly sandwiched, remove the card and tighten the jam nut down against the collar.
8. Next, take the steel spherical end and thread it into the blue collar.
9. Using the old rod-end, match the length of the new assembly to that of the old one by inserting the old rod-end bolt through the new steel end. Then unscrew the steel end until the length of the whole new assembly (blue collar and steel spherical end) matches the length of the old tie-rod end. Finally, tighten the jam nut on the steel end against the collar. (Figure 4)