How to Change RSX Tie Rod Ends

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Tie rod ends help to transfer the movement of the steering wheel to the wheels. When the steering wheel is turned, the tie rods are pulled by the center link and the wheels are turned. They are adjusted by a lock nut. You can adjust your tie rods to adjust the alignment of your vehicle. You will want to replace your tie rods if you notice cracks, or if you have installed aftermarket struts.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket Set
  • Wrench Set
  • Penetrating Oil
  • Raise the front of your Acura RSX with a car jack and place a jack stand under it for safety.

  • Remove both of the front wheels by removing the lug nuts that secure them.

  • Go to one of the wheels and locate the tie rod ends. The tie rod ends are the smaller of two metal pieces that attach to the wheel hub. The main attachment to the wheel hub contains the brakes, the shocks and other parts. The tie rod ends are the smaller secondary connection which turns the wheel right or left when the steering wheel is moved. When removed, the tie rod looks like a socket wrench.

  • Apply penetrating oil to the lock nut and let it sit for 10 minutes.

  • Loosen the lock nut by rotating it counterclockwise. Count how many rotations you make, as you will rotate it this number of times when you replace the lock nut.

  • Pull the cotter pin out from the end of the tie rod end.

  • Remove the lock nut completely by continuing to turn it counterclockwise. Remember to count how many turns you make.

  • Remove the tie rod end from the Pitman arm and continue to unscrew it until it is removed from the assembly.

  • Screw in the new tie rod end and attach it to the Pitman arm. You may have to use a clamp to apply pressure to it.

  • Push in the cotter pin.

  • Reattach the lock nut, turning it clockwise the same number of rotations that you counted earlier.

  • Repeat steps 3 through 11 for the other wheel.

  • Replace the wheels and secure them with the lug nuts.

  • Lower your vehicle back to the ground.

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