Tie Rod Ends
Original submission by T Feb 23rd 2007;
Tie Rod Ends:These connect the Steering Arms to the Track Rods on the Ackerman Steering (used on Old Holdens up to WB's) and connect the Steering Arms to the (Rack And Pinion Steering) as in Commodores and Toranas.
Torana Tie Rod Ends:
These are all right hand thread because there is only one each side.
HQ - WB Tie Rod Ends:These use one right hand thread and one left hand thread Tie Rod End on each side. The reason is to allow the Toe-In to be adjusted. When buying Tie Rod Ends take the old one with you and match the thread.
Tie Rod End Wear:When these are worn out the steering will wander and toe-in toe-out scrub marks may appear on
===Tie Rod End Replacement:===
To disconnect these, remove the Split Pin and loosen the Nut until it's nearly off . With a heavy Hammer hit horizontally along the line of the Steering Arm towards the opposite side of the Car as per the Image. *Don't* hit towards the Ball Joint. The Hammer action will distort the mounting
hole in the Steering Arm and free the Tie Rod End.
The removal method is the same as when removing a Ball Joint.
When replacing a Tie Rod End, try to position the new Tie Rod End to where the old one was. This is because the distance between the Tie Rod Ends affects the Toe-In. Resetting the Toe-In may be necessary after the replacement.