The Band, not the Disease!
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: NW Indiana
There's only 2 tie rod ends =) well technically speaking there are 2 tie rods, then you have the tie rod ends which are seperate. The LCA's are pretty easy to do. I think the UCA passenger side took the longest.. I just did UCA's and LCA's. Get yourself a pitman arm puller, and a pickle fork for the LCA balljoint... where it attaches to the spindle. This is how you do it: mark your alignment point on the LCA, where it attaches to the unibody. loosen the nut that attaches your balljoint to your spindle, loosen the strud rod bushings (you will have to put a wrench on the strut rod, then use your other hand to loosen the nut... i fyou try to loosen the nut without the wrench, the rod will move and you wont be able to get it loose) you should replace your strut rod bushings too. Once you get everything loose that corresponds to the LCA, take the nut off of the balljoint (where it connects to the spindle) and then use a pitman arm puller to get it to pop off. Now remove the spindle to UCA bolt. Take off all the other bolts and you can work the LCA out. It's not hard... if you did your UCA's, this shouldnt be aproblem for you. You can rent an arm puller at any autozone or parts store. I'm sorry if this is confusing but I'm really not a good "teacher" heheh I just went in there, looked at it, and used a little common sense. Dont spend hundreds of dollars to have someone do this. It's not worth it!!! Good luck bud, if you have any questions, ask!!
1997 Mark VIII LSC - Toreador Red