You may have already finished the job by now but this is my reply:
Loosen the wheel lugs on the side you're working on.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the tire.
Will help if you turn the wheel in the opposite direction (this may give you more room to work).
Loosen the outer tie-rod end jam nut (only about 2 revs.
Remove the outer tie-rod nut.
Use a ball joint seperator tool to remove the outer tie-rod from the steering knuckle.
Count the revolutions as you unscrew the outer tie-rod end (completely remove the tie-rod-end --and remember the number of revolutions it took to unscrew it).
Remove the rack and pinion dust boot so that you can see where the inner tie rod end connects.
Use a inner tie-rod end remover/installer to remove the inner tie-rod end (This tool can be rented from autozone or advance auto--they give a complete refund when you return the tool -- or you can purchase one from Harbor Freight tools) .
Follow the directions on the proper use of the tool.
Reverse the process to install. Remember to screw the outer tie-rod end back on the same number of revolutions as it took to remove it.
Have the car's alignment checked.
Friday, June 4th, 2010 AT 8:30 PM