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Firstly, I can't help you but someone who can will probably be along soon.
Usually tie rod ends are not that difficult to change, so should be easy.
I would suggest that if one has gone the others probably not in much better shape....as they don't cost much it'd be a good idea to change them as a pair
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1. Loosen the lock nut on the inside end of the tie rod.
2. Remove the tie rod end retaining nut,
3. Drive a tie rod fork between the tie rod and the steering knuckle to break the tie rod free from the knuckle.
4. Bring the lock nut back until it just touches the tie rod. You don't want it so tight against the tie rod that you can't unscrew the tie rod. This is to give you an idea how far to screw the new tie rod onto the shaft.
5. Unscrew the tie rod and count how many revolutions you turn it before it comes off.
6. Install the new tie rod by threading it on the same number of revolutions it took to remove it. It should be up against the lock nut at this point.
7. Install the tie rod into the knuckle and tighten the nut. Someone else will have to tell you the amount to tighten the nut (If you have a torque wrench!)
8. Tighten the lock nut on the inside end of the tie rod.
9. Install wheel
10. Remove jackstand and lower the car.
11. Drive to the front end shop and have an alignment done.
fabfive, I would recommend using a tape measure to go between two points on the front steering linkage. This way, regardless of how the threads are made, by doing a length measurement, you can get things back to where they need to be the first time. I've had a few cars that drove better after replacing the tie rods and no alignment than they did with the bad tie rods.
Other than that, the above how-to is pretty inclusive and should get you on your way.
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