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you will need a special tool to get over the end of the tie rod end. after you jack up the vehicle, disconnect the outer tie rod end from the knuckle. mark it and remove the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod end rod. undo the boot (you may have to cut the inner clamp) and slide the boot off. you now use the tool by sliding over the whole tie rod assembly until it locks over the large end of the inner tie rod. You should hold the opposite end of the rack with a large cresent wrench to prevent the rack from turning. I have never had one turn, but you should do if you want to be extra safe. now turn the tool ( it looks like a large tube) counter clockwise and it will loosen the tie rod end. here is a picture of the tool for you. assembly is the reverse of removal, make sure you align the car afterwards.