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How to Replace a Tie Rod in a Honda Accord

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When the tie rod becomes bent or damaged in your Honda Accord, an alignment won't help. The only fix is replacing the tie rod. The good news is that you can do this yourself. After an alignment, your Accord will be as good as new.

Remove the Tie Rod

Step 1

Make sure you buy the right tie rods for your Honda Accord. These can vary from model year to model year.

Step 2

Remove the lug nuts on the front tires, then raise up your vehicle with a jack. Support it securely on jack stands. Remove the wheels.

Step 3

Clean the threads on the tie rod, between the steering boot and the lock nut on the outer tie rod. Use a rag with lubricating oil to do this.

Step 4

Use a wrench to loosen the nut on the tie rod end 1/8th of a turn. Next, loosen the clamps that fasten the steering boot in place, and slide the clamp down off the boot.

Step 5

Slide the boot down so you have access to the steering rack and the fastener that connects the tie rod to it.

Step 6

Loosen the tie rod nut, and turn the ball socket of the tie rod nut one turn. Mark the position of the nut with paint of a marker, then pull out the cotter pin and remove the castellated nut on the tie rod end. Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using a tie rod separator, then unscrew it.

Take off the nut on the tie rod, and remove the steering rack boot. Remove the socket nut from the tie rod.

Replace the Tie Rod

Step 1

Replace the steering rack boot if necessary. Put power steering fluid on the threaded portion of the new tie rod as well as a locking agent to help secure the tie rod socket. Put on new nuts (that come with the tie rod).

Step 2

Install the new tie rod and make sure you tighten it to 40 foot pounds. Put the new washer over the nut and peen it in place.

Step 3

Put silicone grease on the socket of the tie rod, as well as the groove around it. Put grease inside the steering rack boot, then slide the boot into place. Put on new clamps.

Step 4

Add some anti-seize compound to onto the threaded portion of the tie rod, and put on a jam nut. Screw on the tie rod end, and tighten the nut to 29 to 35 foot pounds.

Place the tires, and tighten the lug nuts to 80 foot pounds. Get your Honda Accord aligned.

Items you will need

  • Lug nut wrench
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Wrench
  • Lubricant and a rag
  • Marker or paint
  • Tie rod remover
  • Steering fluid
  • Locking agent
  • Tie rods
  • Torque wrench
  • Anti-seize

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