I need to fix an outer tie rod for my front left tire I believe. The right tire stays straight while the left will turn in. So I have no idea how to fix it and even less money to pay for it to be fixed. I would rather fix it myself. If you could help, great!
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Re: 94 ford escort..help on auto repair
I can walk you through it, be sure it is your outer tie rod that is bad the inner tie rods go bad also. It's actually quite simple to replace. Jack up and secure car with safety stands, remove your tire. Remove cotter pin and the nut holding in onto your steering knuckle, Loosen lock nut on the inner tie rod shaft. Either rent or buy you a tie rod removal tool they are cheap, but autozone and many other stores have a tool loner service that is free. Remove the tie rod from the knuckle and hold inner shaft and rotate the outer rod end till it comes off. When you go back with the new one measure across the front ties on the front and on the rear side about the same place. Screw the new tie rod on till the fron and the back of the tires measure the same distance, that is zero toe. Most fwd cars drive great right there. Be sure you tighten everything properly and reinstall the cotter pin If this helps please vote fixya!
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The tie rod end is more important of the 2 because of safety. But according to prices, I would shop around other shops. $300 sounds high for trans mount. Just for kicks, call a parts store and ask for outer tie rod and trans mount for '88 escort or you can even check online Advance, autozone both have good inline stores. I bet you'll find "your quoted shop" has very inflated prices.
Hello arriedad: My name is Roger and I will help with your question. It would depend on which tie rod end you are replacing.There are two right tie rod ends. You have a inner and a outer tie rod. The outer tie rod is easy. The inner takes a special tool to replace it. You will need an alignment when you are done as you will not be able to see when you have it correct. You can try to count the threads but the new end might be cut different. I would suggest that if you are not sure have a front end person perform the repairs. This way the alignment can be set at the same time. If not set you have premature tire failure. Some repairs are just best left to an expert if not for you then the safety of your family. If you still need further help please just ask and I will answer your questions. Please rate the answer. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
that person is correct. remove the wheel and look at the tie rods. this vehicle uses a rack and pinion system so look at the rod connecting the rack to the outer tie rod. you will more than likely endup replacing the inner tie rod. then take it to an alignment shop and get it aligned.
no this is not normal and you need to determine if its the inner or outer tie rods. make sure you have no up and down movement though. that is signs of bad bearings. if you need to replace the tie rods, after youre done, make sure to get it aligned.
You need a special tool that slides over the inner tie rod after removing the outer ones.make sure you count the turns to remove the outer tie rods so the alignment will be close. You will need to have it aligned after the repair.