Kind of slapped together
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bossier City, LA
My inners went bad before the outers did. Or else they went bad afterwards, and the replacement outers died after that.
Don't skimp on the rack boots.
What !I! am doing on my Malibu with the inner/outer tie rod replacement (replacing both - it's about the same pain to replace either, so why not do both?) is marking the nut, disassembling them putting the nut back, putting the outer back, measuring it, making sure the new pair are the same, marking where the nut is on the new one, disassembling them, installing them, and putting them back the same way.
That way my inside-to-outer-tie-rod-spindle distance should be the same, keeping it close enough to drive to the shop to get it aligned.
That's the plan, anyway.