(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Adam: The OPR replacement front inner tire rod end is available for any 2005 to 2014 Mustang owner who is looking to fix the shaky steering that can occur as a result of a failing tire rod end. This front inner option is a very affordable fix for just about 40 bucks which is about half the price of a Ford replacement. And the installation isn't too difficult so I"m giving it 1 out of 3 wrenches on our difficulty meter. If you feel your car start to wander off down the road or if you feel some vibration in the steering then it might be time for some new tire rod ends. Obviously this can be pretty annoying not to mention dangerous if left untreated. It's a good idea to replace both sides at the same time because if one's going bad then it's possible that the other one is gonna be on it's way out as well.These are interchangeable from both sides as a direct end replacement. The tire rods housing are forged and heat treated for a higher strength and durability. The bearing has grooves to let the grease flow through the bearing and stud for a smoother, durable surface for a longer-lasting lifetime. You can pick one of these up for just about 40 bucks which in my opinion is a very affordable replacement to a serious issue. You pick these up from Ford directly they'd be about 80 dollars each, just to give you some perspective. Keep in mind they don't include the outer tire rod ends but it can be picked up together on the product page at AM for just about 20 bucks more. Now the installation is pretty straightforward. You can get it done in about an hour or 2 with simple hand tools like a ratchet and socket set, a few wrenches, some PB Bl'aster, red lock tight, pliers, and a torque wrench. I'd give this one 1 out of 3 wrenches on our difficulty meter. The first thing you want to do is get the car in the air, support your own jack stand safely, and remove the wheels. It might be a good idea to take some PB Bl'aster and soak the jam nut connecting the tire rod end to the shaft as well as the nut holding the tire rod to the spindle. Then put a wrench on the flats on the inner tire rod or vice scripts work as well and use another wrench to break loose that jam nut. It's easier to handle this one while it's on the car. Next, to remove the nut at the spindle which is easier to do with a breaker bar attached. Before you drop the tire rod end from the spindle it's a good idea to remove the ABS sensor so it doesn't get damaged which can be done using the appropriate socket and a pair of pliers as well. When you get the other tire rod end free from the spindle what you'll wanna do when removing it is count how many rotations you make when taking it off so when you put it back on you can use the same amount of turns to keep the alignment as close as possible to where it needs to be. You'll still need to take it to an alignment shop but at least it won't be undriveable.On the inner tire rod, use a pair of needle nose pliers to pinch the tension clip and pull it down. The clip on the other side will usually break. In which case you can pick up a replacement or most people tend to throw a zip tie on it instead since it does the trick. From there you can use a wrench to break loose and remove the nut holding the inner tire rod in place. Put your new OPR replacement into the factory location and tighten it down to that same bolt. The boot will go back on either with a factory clip or a new one or even that zip tie I just mentioned a second ago. The other end will go into the outer tire rod end which you will put on using the same amount of rotations you took it off with. Then tighten that back up once you're done. Then bolt them down to the spindle using red lock tight which is a good idea to keep it locked up but only a little bit is necessary. From here, you're good to go. If you're the owner of a 2005 to 2014 Mustang you might want to check out the OPR replacement inner tire rod end which is available right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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February 24, 2020
Product arrived on time and is as described. I got both the inner and outer tie rod ends for both sides, had a shop do the install and the rest is history.Helpful (0)
August 22, 2019
Night and Day
Like brand new!!! My front end has never felt so good!! From around the town to some backroad spirited driving, these were for sure an amazing buy!Helpful (0)
August 20, 2019
Immediately felt a difference in ride quality when I replaced the OEM ones.Helpful (0)
August 08, 2019
As advertised, fitment perfect!
A direct replacement with no fitment issues at all. Solved my issue, the ride notably improved.Helpful (0)
July 27, 2019
Perfect fit and easy install. Took a little over on hour to install. Drives like a new car again.Helpful (0)
June 07, 2019
Easy and durable product. Looks amazing after installing it.Helpful (0)
May 13, 2019
Good quality. Replaced stock ones great with no issues. Fixed my steering issueHelpful (0)
May 08, 2019
Better than new
Better than new These would be easy to install and similar but if not better than the factory OEM partHelpful (0)
April 25, 2019
Works fine was shipped on time installation went good need to get an alignment when finishedHelpful (0)
March 15, 2019
Working as intended would reccomend to others who need replacement rodsHelpful (0)
What are the torque specifications for the inner tie rod?
The inner tie-rod gets torqued to 89 lb-ft. The the nut that bolts the tie-rod end to the steering knuckle gets 59 lb-ft.The jam nut for adjusting the alignment gets 41 lb-ft .
To replace both sides should I buy two pieces of this item ? is any difference between the right or the left side ?
This inner tie rod end will fit both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. They are sold individually though so if you're looking to replace both sides, you'll want to purchase two.
Is it a good idea to replace both front inner tie rod ends at the same time?
Yes, it is a good idea to replace both tie rod ends at the same time. If one is worn, there is a high chance that the other is worn as well.
(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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