Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
Registered User
kk2002s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: S. New Jersey
Posts: 1,220
Replace Tie Rod Ends

While getting tires balanced, the shop let me do a good visual while up on the lift. Things generally looked good for a 11 year old car with 57k on it. I did find a dust boot torn on one of the front tie rod ends. So I will definitely replace that soon and just do both at the same time, one alignment.

- For those in the know, is there really any reason to also replace the inners as well?

I'm not having any issues, noise, etc. with the front end or steering. Looking at the Pelican DIY for this, it seems like the inners could be a bit of a bear to get out with no real benefit.
Is the inner really a big wear part like the outer?

Thanks for the input

2002 S - old school third pedal
Seal Grey
kk2002s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Sheol
Posts: 39
standard issue with all cars. i wouldn't be concerned unless there is excessive movement on the inner joint or a torn boot. i haven't done mine yet, but i imagine they can't be much harder to replace that my friends R32 VW was. i believe the inner joint/boot is less subject to hard wear adverse the outer, which has to take the full force of the unsprung weight being "tied" to the vehicle through it.
cameronzero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
Registered User
laphan's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 144
I replaced the inner/outer last year. it was not bad at all. Once you get the outer out, you are 70% of the total work for full inner/outer tie rod work. Our car has a known inner tie rod noise issue (along with 996).
Mine was tight when I checked after pulled it out of the car but it was making loud thumping noise when vehicle gets warm (I was at 49K miles when this thing happened).
Once you get the outer out, you just have to get the rubber boot out and use inner tie rod puller. I could not use the tools that I rented from auto parts store, our car has odd size (metric) inner ends.
Found that the inner tie rod tool from harbor freight has the size for that inner tie rod. Also buy new rubber boot clamps if you decide to do the inner (I can't reuse the old inner boot clamp).

My logic was, it cost over $100 to get the alignment. If I just do the inner or outer and the other end decided to go, I have to spend money on alignment again.

laphan is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page