MVS Forums moderator Lee tells us how to replace outer tie rods on Volvo’s AWD/FWD cars. Tie Rod Replacement DIY:
- Loosen the jamb nut behind the outer tie rod end.
- Remove the nut that holds the bottom of the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
- Remove the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Volvo has a special press tool but you can leave the nut on the end of the tie rod end and give it a couple of whacks with a short 5 lb. sledge hammer. It will pop right out.
- Remove the outer tie rod end without letting the jamb nut move.
- Measure and record the distance from the end of the inner tie rod to the jamb nut. Remove the jamb nut.
- Release the bellows that covers the inner tie rod joint with the steering rack.
- Use a large pipe wrench (a pipe extender for the handle helps me) to remove the inner tie rod.
Replacement is the reverse of removal. There are torque specifications for the inner tie rod and the jamb nut but I just get them as tight as I can. When threading on the new outer tie rod end put the jamb nut at the same distance that you measured in step 5. The measurement will get you close enough to drive the car to the alignment shop.
Be sure to get the correct part, there is a break point at chassis number 549830 which is the last six digits of your VIN number.
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