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I replaced my outer tie-rod ends about a month ago and tightened them just enough so the cotter pin hole aligned with the castle nut. Car rides fine but now get a single "click" sound when I am making a really tight turn. I think I might need to tighten down that tie-rod end a bit more, anyone have the exact torque specs? Thank you.
 

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Just did my front struts today. Tie rod end castle nut torque is 32 ft-lbs.
Thank you very much! Did some searching and found an illicit copy of the Service Manual and according to this page, it says 40 lbf ft -- I guess I will split the difference? Or maybe 2007 had a different setup?
 

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Thank you very much! Did some searching and found an illicit copy of the Service Manual and according to this page, it says 40 lbf ft -- I guess I will split the difference? Or maybe 2007 had a different setup?
Doublechecked my manual, it's definitely 32 ft-lbs in the 03-05 manual. Maybe they bumped it for the 07s and newer. Rock Auto has a good price on a Bisko (Honda licensed) digital manual. That's what I usually use though I do have about 70% of a paper manual; looks like mice have the rest. My brother gave it to me as a joke, something about my mechanical prowess..
 

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Doublechecked my manual, it's definitely 32 ft-lbs in the 03-05 manual. Maybe they bumped it for the 07s and newer. Rock Auto has a good price on a Bisko (Honda licensed) digital manual. That's what I usually use though I do have about 70% of a paper manual; looks like mice have the rest. My brother gave it to me as a joke, something about my mechanical prowess..
Thanks everyone, 32 ft-lbs it is. Appreciate your help! I'll be doing this on Friday and hopefully it will sort out the clicking.
 

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UPDATE: Took the wheels off and yep, I severely UNDER-tightened the outer tie-rod ends, they were probably at like 18 foot-pounds so I put the torque wrench on and tightened them down to 32 foot-pounds and no more clicking. Thanks for your help.
 

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Just confirming what someone else said in this post... my Honda Element service manual for 2007-2009 shows 40 ft-lbs as the torque spec for the tie rod end castle nut.
 

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Just changed the outer tie rod end grease boot and after tightening the castle nut to about 100 foot pounds decided to look it up, after the fact. 🙃🤪
I think this is what I've always done and it's never been a problem. 36 to 40 ft pounds seems relatively loose. Any consensus on if 100 ft pounds will be ok?.. I'll probably end up backing it off and dialing it to 50 foot pounds, still curious though.
 

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100 ft-lb is excessive. If you leave it like that for a while, it could make it difficult to take apart if you have to again. The number the manual quotes is the minimum, then you can increase it some to get the nut to align with the hole for the cotter pin. No real reason to double the OEM recommended torque.
 
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