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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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