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Tie Rod End Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tie Rod End Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$30 to $60

Talent:

****

Tools:

15/17mm wrenches, 5mm hex driver, Tie rod separator, penetrant oil spray

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Tie rod ends

Hot Tip:

Spray some penetrant oil over the retaining nut before removal

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace sway bar bushings

It is very important to keep the front suspension of the C30 tight and firm. The system's moving parts have a tendency to wear out and become loose as the mileage on the car increases. If the steering wheel on your Volvo can be turned a few degrees in each direction without impacting the wheels' direction, this can indicate that one or more suspension components have worn beyond their useful life.

The most common wear item in the steering system is the tie rod end. This is a spherical joint that is located on the end of each tie rod and controls the position of each front wheel when the car is steered. Over time, the clearances inside these joints increase due to wear, eventually making precise steering control impossible. Additionally, the car may have a slight wobble under speed and braking and cause vibrations. Many times, a new set of tie rod ends can make a car's handling feel like new.

Replacing the tie rod ends requires jacking up the front of your C30 and securing it on jack stands. Be sure to wear safety glasses while working under your C30. You'll also need to remove the front wheels and also the inner wheel liners. See our article on Jacking up Your C30 for more information.

It is also important to have the car's suspension geometry checked by a good alignment shop. It is possible to get it close by measuring the overall length of the old rod and adjusting the new tie rod end to match, but an alignment shop is invaluable in getting it perfect.

Left and Right Sides: Here is the tie rod on your Volvo C30.
Figure 1

Left and Right Sides: Here is the tie rod on your Volvo C30. You change the length of the tie rods by loosening the 17mm lock nut at the end of the tie rod (yellow arrow) and turning the body of the rod (green arrow). Loosen the 17mm lock nut. It may take a little effort to get it started. Once loose, back it up against the tie rod end. Its much easier to loosen the nut now than when the tie rod end is removed.

Left and Right Sides: Begin by loosening the 15mm nut (green arrow) that secures the tie rod ball joint to the front wheel carrier.
Figure 2

Left and Right Sides: Begin by loosening the 15mm nut (green arrow) that secures the tie rod ball joint to the front wheel carrier. I recommend spraying the nut with a good penetrant spray beforehand. You'll need to hold the ball joint stationary with a 5mm hex driver (yellow arrow). When installing the new tie rod, torque to 50 Nm (37 ft/lbs.).

Left and Right Sides: You'll need to use a ball joint separator to pop the tie rod end from the wheel hub.
Figure 3

Left and Right Sides: You'll need to use a ball joint separator to pop the tie rod end from the wheel hub. Unscrew the nut (green arrow) until it is just flush with the top of the threads. This will provide a surface to press on without distorting the threads.

Left and Right Sides: Now measure the amount of threads (green arrow) protruding from the tie rod end (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

Left and Right Sides: Now measure the amount of threads (green arrow) protruding from the tie rod end (yellow arrow). You'll want the new tie rod to measure roughly the same amount. Back off the locking nut and unscrew the tie rod end from the tie rod. Simply screw the new one on and get it as close as possible. You may even need to fine tune the adjustment by turning the tie rod itself, once the ball joint is fitted to the wheel hub. Be sure to have the vehicle's steering alignment checked by a professional shop as well.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Craig Comments: Awesome tech article as usual.
I just followed your detailed article and got the job done in a few minutes.
February 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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