The Honda tie rod is a key component in the steering system that forms the connection between the steering rack and the front wheel hub. The Honda tie rod provides stability to the front end of the vehicle, and helps in the front-end alignment as well, using a threaded adjusting sleeve to vary its length to set the toe alignment of the vehicle. Crucial to safe steering and handling in your vehicle, the Honda tie rod helps to keep the steering accurate and controlled and the tires firmly in contact with the pavement. While performing these essential tasks, the Honda tie rod is under a lot of strain during the usual every day driving circumstances and does eventually wear and need replacement. A worn Honda tie rod can be quite dangerous to drive with, so its good maintenance is important. There are a number of signs that can indicate the need for attention to your Honda tie rod. With a worn Honda tie rod, you will begin to see changes in the way your vehicle handles. The steering can become very sloppy, hard to control when cornering or the vehicle can wander as you drive. Often there are clunking noises from the front-end as you drive with a worn Honda tie rod, especially when passing over bumps or uneven surfaces. Often the front tires will wear unevenly when the Honda tie rod is in poor condition, as it is no longer able to maintain front-end alignment. If these symptoms have appeared in your vehicle it is important to check the Honda tie rod and replace it if necessary as soon as possible to keep your vehicle operating safely. We carry a quality selection of the Honda tie rod at great prices in our online catalog. Ordering your Honda tie rod is safe and easy on our secure site or our toll-free phone line can help you with your order if you prefer.
Simple Guide to Replace Your Honda Tie Rod End
Changing a tie rod end can be accomplished on your own with just the basic tools and some auto repair background. To help you replace your Honda tie rod end, read on the guide below.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Tire iron or impact wrench
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Needle nose pliers
- Open-end wrench
- Tie rod puller
- Hammer or mallet
- New tie rod end
- Grease Gun
- Safety glass and protective gloves
Getting to the tie rod end
Make sure the vehicle is on level ground so its weight can prevent the wheels from turning while you work on the nuts. Using a tire iron or impact wrench, loosen the lug nuts on the front tires while removing them. Then, raise the front end of your vehicle with a floor jack. Secure it with jack stands and chock the tires on the rear. Remove the lug nuts completely from the wheel and wheelbase. Take out the wheel as an additional safety precaution in case the jack stands fail. When you have taken out the wheel, you will find the steering knuckle that has a shaft going through it with a castle nut on the bottom and a round head on top, which is the outer tie rod. You will find the inner Honda tie rod end by following the outer tie rod end under your vehicle.
Taking out the tie rod end
Using a wrench, carefully loosen the pinch nut that holds the outer tie rod end in position. This nut also keeps it from moving along the spindle of the inner tie rod end. By working it loose, you will be able to twist the outer tie rod end. Take note that the outer tie rod end must be turned from the inner tie rod end. Shift the pinch nut up to meet the outer tie rod end. This will indicate the position of your outer Honda tie rod end so you will also know how far to thread on the new one. Do not tighten the pinch nut or it will be hard to turn the outer tie rod end. Locate the cotter pin and remove it. First, straighten out then pin then pull it. Do not reuse the pin. Next, remove the castle nut with a correct-size ratchet. This nut is where the cotter pin goes through and secures your Honda tie rod end to the steering knuckle. By using a tie rod puller, you can now remove the outer tie rod end. You can do this by turning the outer end counterclockwise the spindle of the inner tie rod end. To keep your alignment as close as possible, count the turns so you can tighten the new one at the exact number of turns. If you are also changing the inner tie rod end, you have to take out the boot from the inner end. You can use pliers to detach the clamp from the boot and a flat screwdriver to break the clip on the other side of the boot. Slide off the boot and take out the inner tie rod end.
Changing the tie rod end
Verify you have the correct Honda tie rod end. Use the same wrench to thread the new inner end to the steering gear. Shift the boot back to the inner tie rod and thread the pinch nut back. Thread the new outer tie rod end on the inner rod shaft. Link the tie rod end to the steering knuckle and tighten securely the castle nut. Attach the new cotter pin and mount the grease fitting on the tie rod end. Apply some grease liberally to the tie rod end assembly. Finish tightening the pinch nut and replace the wheel. Tighten also the lug nuts after lowering the vehicle to the ground.