How to change outer Tie Rod end on Audi A6 Quattro

1.

After jacking up the car and removing the wheels, start by unscrewing the top nut.

2.

For next step you will need 5/8 wrench.

3.

Unscrew and remove bolt

4.

Bolt removed

5.

Apply penetrating oil to the nut at the far end of the tie rod.

6.

Loosen the nut.

7.

Tap the body of the tie rod down to push the tie rod out of the joint.

8.

Compare the new tie rod with the old.

9.

Now unscrew the tie rod by turning it counter clockwise with your hands. You can possibly avoid an alignment by counting the number of turns it takes to loosen and applying it to the new tie rod installation.

10.

The old and the new.

11.

10mm allen head will be used for the next step.

12.

Using the allen head, adjust the tie rod to align with the entry hole.

13.

After tapping the tie rod into the hole, you will need to use the allen wrench to turn the tie rod joint so that cut piece of the tie rod aligns with the hole(details in next step)

14.

Closer look at the cut that needs to be aligned with the hole where the bolt in previous step enters.

15.

Screw in the top bolt. My tie rods came with a brand new ones.

16.

All done. Your car may need an alignment depending on how accurately you were able to replace the old tie rod.

Tips and Warnings

  • Lifting up the car is dangerous and all safety precaution should be taken.
  • How to change the outter tie rod ends on a Audi A6 quattro 2003.