90 Accord Tie Rod Ends Contd

The steering tie rod ends... the time to loosen the outer (and probably the inner) tie rod ends is when the ball joints are loosened and not removed.
The steering knuckle holds the outer tie rod end and limits its movement, while the steering box holds the inner tie rod end and likewise limits its movement. The outer tie rod end is held with a 17mm locknut on the threaded shaft of the inner tie rod end. To remove the outer tie rod end, loosen the locknut while holding the inner tie rod shaft with an opposing wrench. Mark the tight position of the locknut with fingernail polish or some such. Or you can count the number of turns it takes to remove the outer tie rod end. Regardless, the car will have to go to the alignment shop when repairs are completed.
The stabilizer link bolts are simply an unbolt, remove and replace operation with no torque applied; simply tighten until snug. Two wrenches are required to unbolt the original parts.
The upper control arms... the driver's side is a snap. Both upper bolts are easy to reach and the pivot arms can be torqued in the upright position before the arm is put in place. On the passenger side, the fuse box sits over the rear upper control arm nut. Remove the three accessible 10mm bolts and you can then gently lift the fuse box enough to get a 17mm box end wrench over the nut. Replacement is just the reverse.
Struts... on disassembly of the struts you will most likely find that the stopper, as Honda calls it, will have to be replaced. This is a poly shock bumper that sits within the dust cover. This can be a dealer part, and you can also find it at Advance Auto and on the internet. An internet search will bring you to what is called a bellows. This is the replacement part. Advance Auto calls it a control arm bumper. The front and rear are different. The end of the strut takes a 5mm Allen wrench and the bolt is a 17mm.
Get down and dirty and take the weather boot or shield off the bottom of the front of the car so that the radius rod fronts can be checked. The shield is held in place with about six bolts. When I was removing the passenger side of the shield, the radius rod nut, retaining washer and bumper fell out in my face. Was that where the thumping noise was coming from? Duh. The radius rod front consists of a 17mm nut, an outer retaining washer, a sleeve, two rubber bumpers, an inner retaining washer and the threaded end of the rod. The nut should be torqued to 42 ft. pounds.
The inner tie rod ends... these are covered by rubber boots. The passenger side is accessible, but the driver side requires the steering box cover to be removed. It has three 10mm bolts holding it in place. Take the two out and loosen the third and the cover can be swung out of the way without falling in your face. The Haynes manual says to snip the retaining clamps off the boots and don't reuse them. The outer ends of the boots are wound with wire, while the inner ends have clamps. I used needlenose pliers to get the wire off and a small chisel opened the clamps. Wire ties can be used as replacement clamps, or you can get replacement boots with clamps. There is also a tiny hose coming into each of the boots that has a pressure clamp on it. Just compress the clamp and slip it back, then slip the hose off the boot. The boots can then be slid forward to reveal the inner tie rod ends. I have not removed these as yet, but it appears that the easiest way to do it is to have both inner and outer tie rods in place and restrained by the steering knuckle/steering box so that the tie rods can be loosened easily.
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