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Old 05-27-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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Reconnecting outer tie rod to the spindle..

I'm down to one of the last steps of my 4-wheel bearing replacement weekend. While re-attaching the spindle, I can't reconnect the outer tie rod. The bolt on the tie rod just spins with the nut, and I don't see any obvious way to get around this. Happens on both sides, I must be missing something very obvious?

BTW anyone with a 6 year old focus that lives in snow country, save up month's worth of patience before attempting to replace a front bearing, you'll need every bit of it!!


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Old 05-27-2008, 06:29 AM   #2
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IIRC, you need an allen wrench in the middle to hold it from spinning as you tighten the nut.
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Using an hex wrench in one of those things will strip it out 99.9% of the time if you live anywhere where it snows, just replace the part. They are cheap enough and it's probably close to end of it's useful life as it is.

Also if you want to be cheap, get a large pry bar and pry up on the bottom (rather top for most cars) of the tie rod and it should go on no problems.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:58 AM   #4
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IIRC, you need an allen wrench in the middle to hold it from spinning as you tighten the nut.
Ah I get it, thanks!

If it strips out I'll replace it. I'm already so far into this project I just want to get the car back together for now and get driving
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