(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install an Inner Front Tie Rod on your 1994-2004 Mustang
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The OPR replacement front inner tie rod end is available for any '94 to '04 SN95 or New Edge Mustang owner who's looking to fix that shaky steering that can occur as a result of a failing tie rod end. This front inner tie rod option is a very affordable fix for just about $30 which is about half the price of a Ford replacement. And the installation isn't too difficult, so I am giving it one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter, which I'll walk you through later on in the video. If you feel your car start to wander off down the road, or if you feel a little bit of vibration in the steering, then it might be time for some new tie 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 is on its way out as well. It is a good thing that these are interchangeable for both the driver and passenger sides as a direct fit replacement. The tie rod housings are forged and heat treated for a high-strength durability. The bearing has grooves that, like grease, flow through the bearings to the stud for a smooth, durable surface for a longer lasting life. Now, like I said before, this is priced at about 30 bucks which in my opinion is a very affordable replacement to a pretty serious issue. And for 100 bucks, you can do both sides, which is even better. If you pick these up from Ford directly, they'd be about $80 a piece, just to give you some perspective. Keep in mind, they do not include outer tie rod ends but they can be picked up together on the product page at AM for just about 30 bucks more. The installation, again, is pretty straightforward. You can get it done in about an hour or two with very simple hand tools in the driveway at home, like a ratchet and socket set, a few wrenches, some PB Blaster, Red Loctite, pliers, and a torque wrench. Definitely giving this one one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The first thing you wanna do is get the car in the air and the wheels removed and then take some PB Blaster and soak the jam nut connecting the tie rod end and the shaft, as well as the nut holding on the tie rod to the spindle. Then, put a wrench on the flats on the inner tie rod or vice grips work as well, then use another wrench to break loose the jam nut. It's easier to do this while it's on a car still. Next, you'll just remove the nut at the spindle which is easier to do with a breaker bar attached. Before you drop the tie rod from the spindle, it's a good idea to remove the ABS sensor, so it doesn't get damaged, which you can do with an appropriate socket as well as a pair of pliers. When you get the outer tie rod end free from the spindle, what you wanna do when removing it from the inner portion is count how many complete rotations you make when removing it, so when you put it back on you can put it on with the same amount of turns to keep the alignment as close as possible to where it needs to be. You still wanna take it to an alignment shop, but at least it won't be undrivable. It'll make it easier to get the car there. On the inner tie 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 just tend to throw on a zip tie instead. They do the same job. From here, you can use a wrench to break loose and remove the nut holding the inner tie rod in place. Put your new OPR replacement into the factory location and tighten it down to that bolt. The boot will go back on either with the factory clip or with a zip tie I just mentioned. The other end will go into the outer tie rod end which you'll put on using the same amount of rotations as you took it off, like I mentioned before. Tighten that nut back up once you've done that then bolt it back down to the spindle. Using Red Loctite on this is a good idea to keep it locked up, but only a little bit is necessary. From here you're good to go. Well, that just about does it for me. So if you're the owner of '94 to '04 Mustang, you might wanna check out the OPR replacement front inner tie rod end which is available right here at americanmuscle.com.
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August 01, 2019
Very easy install did it while I replaced the outer tie rods and ball joints on both sides. All the parts are the same brand and looked to be good qualityHelpful (0)
August 10, 2018
Great went in well excellent .. Alignment came out a1Helpful (2)
July 29, 2018
Inner tie rod
Received my order promptly. Simple to replace. Confident in the integrity. American Muscle price is unbeatable per quality. Highly recommend.Helpful (3)
March 15, 2018
OPR Inner tie rod
Quick, free shipping, and cane pre greased. Sturdy new part that only took a few hours to install.Helpful (4)
February 20, 2018
Direct Fit and Easy Install
Product shipped/delivered quickly . Installed in about 20 minutes ;direct fit with no issues.Helpful (4)
November 14, 2017
Great product! Replaced my worn out tie rods with these. Don’t forget to install grease fittings that come with Package!Helpful (4)
September 19, 2017
Fit great, easy to install! Overall pretty cheap compared to other places. It didn't feel cheap like I expected it to and it came with all the little extra parts I neededHelpful (4)
August 19, 2017
Inner tie fods perfectly made
They were a great fit no issues at all . I took my car to the alignment and car was back as my daily driverHelpful (3)
July 24, 2017
This Inner tie rod is a perfect fit steering is nice and stiff. Installment was very easy.Helpful (4)
January 12, 2017
Inner tie rod end
Wheel had play in it, steering was shaking, good replacement, just make sure you get zip ties in place of the single use clampHelpful (5)
On the inner tie rod, what is that very tiny lock looking piece for? What purpose does it serve? OEM doesn’t have anything like that. I see on the replacement tie rod, there are holes that seem to indicate the piece is supposed to go.
On the OPR Replacement Front Inner Tie Rod End the holes are used for a cotter pin to lock the tie rod in place for extra security.
Had my rack and pinion replaced, do I need inner and outer tie rods? I had a shop do the rack and pinion and still have a noise when steering, especially when car has been driven for a bit. I took it to another shop and they said I need to have the tie rods replaced. Do I need to do the inner and outer at the same time?
I'm sorry to hear you are having problems with your Replacement Front Inner Tie Rod End (94-04 All) please call or send us a email so we can help you out with your problem. http://www.americanmuscle.com/contact.html
(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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