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1500 Ram Laramie 4 by4: how do you replace the inner tie rod

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how do you replace the inner tie rod end on a 2005 1500 Laramie 4 wheel dive 5,7 hemi
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 2 years ago.
Hi,
If you have an Autozone near you they will loan you a tool (we call it a pickle fork) and you just wedge it between the tie rod boot and knuckle and drive it inward and the tie rod pops right out. Sometimes you can just hit the side where the hole for the tie rod is with a hammer a few times and then tap the end of the tie rod and it will come out. The tie rod is a taper fit in the hole and once tightened down, it makes it hard to come out. Below is what that fork looks like.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33691145/fork.PNG
Below is a different style tool that you can use also.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33691145/t%20tool.PNG