Mustang Inner Tie Rod End (1965-1966) Installation Instructions

Tools Required:
  • 1/4 inch & 1/2 inch Drive Ratchet
  • 9/32 inch, 11/16 inch, 3/4 inch Sockets
  • 1/2 inch, 12mm Wrenches
  • Pickle Fork
  • Pitman Arm Puller
  • 3-5 lbs. Sledge Hammer
  • Grease Gun with Lithium Grease
  • Pliers
  • Jack & Jack Stands
Install Difficulty:
  • Moderate
  • Moderate Project
1. To start installing your new Mustang Inner Tie Rod Ends, raise the front of the car. Place jack stands under the frame and chock the rear wheels. You can remove the front wheels to make more room, but it is not required.
2. Turn the Mustang wheels so that you can get behind it, then locate the outer tie rod at the spindle.
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
3. Remove the cotter pin and, using an 11/16 inch socket, remove the castle nut.
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
4. Now wedge the pickle fork between the spindle and the Mustang tie rod end dust boot. Give the pickle fork a few good smacks with the sledge hammer and it should pop out. If not, use some penetrating oil or WD-40 to loosen it up. DO NOT disassemble the tie rod! Remove it as one unit.
5. Now move to the Mustang steering center link and locate the inner tie rod end. Somewhere under all this grease and grime is a cotter pin and castle nut. Remove them in the same way as the outer tie rod end. Then, use the Pitman arm puller to remove it. My puller uses a 3/4 inch drive, but yours it may require a different size socket.
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
6. With the old tie rod out of the car, assemble the new tie rod using the old one as reference. Place the supplied clamps over the Mustang tie rod sleeve and thread both ends into the sleeve. The outer end will have a normal thread, while the inner has a reverse thread. Get them as close to original length and orientation as possible. Then tighten the clamps using the 1/2 inch and 12mm wrenches.
7. Now install the zerk fittings in both tie rod ends. Use a 9/32 inch socket to tighten them. DO NOT over tighten them as they can break off. Just get them snug. Once they have been tightened, use a grease gun with lithium grease to lubricate the tie rod ends.
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8. It’s now time to install the new Mustang tie rod. Line up the inner end to the center link and push it straight through. If it doesn’t go in easily, lightly tap the bottom with a hammer, just enough so that you can thread the castle nut on. DO NOT hit the zerk fitting. Using the 11/16 inch socket, thread the castle nut down as far as it will go. Push the cotter pin through and open it. If it does not push through easily try tightening or backing the castle nut slightly.
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
9. Repeat with the Mustang outer tie rod end. You may need to turn the wheel or move the tie rod stud to get it to fit properly.
Mustang Inner Tie Rod Install Image
10. Now repeat steps 3-10 on the opposite side.
11. If you removed the wheels, put them back on now. Lower the car and check that the wheels are straight. Raise the car, loosen the tie rod sleeve clamps, and turn them as necessary to get the wheels as straight as possible.
12. Once the wheels are as straight as you can get them, take the car to get an alignment before driving anywhere else. This completes you installation. Enjoy your new Mustang Inner Tie Rod Ends!