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Old 10-04-2018, 11:37 AM
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Tie rod doesnt fit

Bought a used 04 envoy, 2 wheel drive, in line 6. Been good but recently I had a bit of movement on the wheel and a clunk sometimes. Jacked it up and saw that the outter tie rod was the culprit. Easy job or so I thought. Went to every part store and they all had the same outter tie rod but it is just a bit bigger on the threads so it doesn't fit where it grabs on to the inner tie rod. They did have the steering rack changed at pepboys so maybe they had something to do with this. Will changing the inner tie rod aswell fix out the issue or am I screwed.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:30 PM
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You need to talk to Pep Boys and get their input as to what will work with that rack. They should have a source for the inner's if they use them on their rack. You may as well do both while you are doing it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:47 AM
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I'm no pro,....

But I recall seeing 14mm and 16mm thread size when I was shopping for tie rods. IIRC the 14mm were used on the "early" trucks. ( Maybe it's a 2-wheel driver thing ?!? ) I had an 04 Trailblazer and it had 16mm Tie rods, same as my current 05 . My GUESS is that when the rack was changed,..... it was changed to the rack that requires using 14mm tie rod parts.

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I'm no pro,....

But I recall seeing 14mm and 16mm thread size when I was shopping for tie rods. IIRC the 14mm were used on the "early" trucks. ( Maybe it's a 2-wheel driver thing ?!? ) I had an 04 Trailblazer and it had 16mm Tie rods, same as my current 05 . My GUESS is that when the rack was changed,..... it was changed to the rack that requires using 14mm tie rod parts.

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it might be because the ones I got from autozone, advance ,etc almost fit. Difference wasn't much. It actually threaded in about a 1/4 in then stopped. Will probably have to look online for a 14 mm thread.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:50 AM
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I found the tie rods at pepboys. They are not 14. They are 16mm but I guess they use different threads or something because theirs goes in perfectly, aligned and back on the road now. The strange thing is they got the rack from o Reilly but the o Reilly ones didn't fit.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:12 PM
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Good job getting it figured out. Sounds like you need to start a part number list so you can track all of this stuff. I keep mine with the manual in the glove box.
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