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How do you remove a bent tie rod on a 2000 ford focus

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how do you remove a bent tie rod on a 2000 ford focus
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Scottdagoalie replied 8 years ago.
Here are the directions to replace a tie rod on your Focus.The directions state to remove the steering rack from the car,but if you carefully loosen the rod from the rack,you can do it in the car.

2000 Focus Workshop Manual


Thread locking compound WSK-M2G349-A8


  1. Remove the steering gear.
  1. NOTE: Make a note of the number of turns required to remove the tie-rod end.

    Remove the tie-rod end and locknut.
    1. Remove the tie-rod end.
    1. Remove the tie-rod end locknut.
  1. Remove the boot.
    1. Remove the clamps.
    1. Remove the boot.
    • Disconnect the breather pipe (if equipped).
  1. Rotate the pinion to expose the rack gear teeth.
  1. CAUTION: To counter the extensive torque forces required to remove the tie-rod, clamp the rack gear teeth in a suitable vise. Do not clamp the steering gear body.

    CAUTION: Make sure vise jaw protectors are used.

    NOTE: It may be necessary to secure the rack gear teeth with the steering gear in the vertical position to facilitate removal of the tie-rod.

    Secure the steering gear in a suitable vise. Using a suitable pipe wrench, remove the tie-rod.


  1. NOTE: Remove all traces of thread locking compound from the rack.

    Using a suitable wrench, install the tie-rod.
    • Apply Thread locking compound to the inner threads of the new tie-rod.
  1. NOTE: Install the boot using new clamps.

    Install the boot.
    1. Install the boot.
    1. Install the clamps.
    • Connect the breather pipe (if equipped).
  1. NOTE: Make sure the tie-rod end is secured by the same number of turns used to remove it.

    Install the tie-rod end and locknut.
  1. Install the steering gear,
  1. Check the toe adjustment.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the answer...I had gotten alot of different answers from friends that didn't know what they were talking about...I had removed the boot and didn't think it could be done inside the car because of not enough room to get wrenches in. Again thank you.
Expert:  Scottdagoalie replied 8 years ago.
You are welcome.Thank you for the ACCEPT !