Tie Rod Ends

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Original submission by T Feb 23rd 2007;

Tie-Rod-End in the foreground with Split Pin and Nut. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Circlotron

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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.

See also
New Tie-Rod-End. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Munromad.
 
Tie Rod Seperator (background). Ball Joint Separator (foreground). Photo by HR Ambo. Click to Enlargen.
 

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. 
To remove the Tie-Rod End, 1. Make sure the Steering Wheel is in the unlocked position (free to rotate). 2. Remove the Split-Pin. 3. Undo the Nut until it is nearly removed from the Tie-Rod End. 4. Hit the Spot along the line of the Red Arrow with a 250 gram hammer (small sledge hammer).  The jarring will make the Tapered Shank of the Tie-Rod End break free. Photo by Gassman. Arrow by T. Click to Enlargen.
 

Tie Rod End Wear:

When these are worn out the steering will wander and toe-in toe-out scrub marks may appear on
the tyres.
Try to position the new Tie Rod End to where the old one was (the Red Arrow). This will keep the original Toe In Dimension. Photo by Circlotron. Arrow by T. Click to Enlargen.

===Tie Rod End Replacement:=== 

HQ Drag Link. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Munromad.
The image shows the nearside Front Suspension of an HX Kingswood. The Tie Rod End is near the
blue Jack.

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.

Wheel Alignment:

HQ Idler Arm. Click to Enlargen. Photo by Munromad.

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.

Links:

Ball Joints

Kingswood or Torana Front Bushes

Tie Rod Ends.

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