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Front sway bar link, or tir rod end. The tie rod end moves the tire with the steering wheel. The sway bar link helps keep the car stable around corners. And is normally a long bolt with washers and bushings running threw a long bar that connects the passenger side to driver side.
What you describe is most often caused by a bad tie-rod end, which is part of your steering. This causes the clunking that you feel when you turn, and the tire wear. Jack up the front drivers side and when the wheel is off the ground, try to force it left and right. If you feel any play in it, a tie rod end is bad. To find out if it is the inner or outer tie rod end, look underneath and locate the tie rod for that wheel- it will look like a pole about an inch thick. Get somebody to move the wheel left and right like you did, and look on either end of the tie rod for which end is moving. That will be your bad tie rod end. The "outer" is the one by the wheel- the other one is the "inner". Most often it is the outer tie rod end that goes bad. It is important to get a bad tie rod end replaced as soon as possible because it can separate and cause you to lose control of your car when the wheel will suddenly turn either in or out, depending on which way you are steering when it fails. After a tie rod end is replaced, your car will need an alignment to set the adjustment correctly. If you are changing it yourself, mark how far the old one is threaded in so your alignment will be fairly close to where it was. Good luck, and Thank You for using FixYa!
Sounds more like a tie rod end is bad. Try a reliable shop that specializes in front end repair (any place but FIRESTONE). The tire wear could be due to the loose tie rod end throwing the car out of alignment.
This could be a few things, I would first start by having the front tires inspected and balanced. Unbalanced tires or a tire with a broken belt can cause both a sway and a vibration. If the tires check out then the only components left are the Rack and the tie rods. If you already have a leak in the Rack you are not long from having to replace it. You can test the rack and pinion yourself with the help of another person. Have a friend sit in the driver seat to operate the wheel. (Do Not start the car) Leave the car on the ground so that the wheels have friction against the ground. You can sit next to the passenger side, have you helper turn the wheel all the way to the left. You will now be able to see the tie rod end and Rack arm. Now have the helper turn the wheel slowly to the right. You will be looking for how much movement is in the arm and the tie rod end before the wheel tire starts to move. You might also see the tie rod end move up or down or hear a slight popping sound. Any of these is an indication that you need Tie Rod ends. Repeat this process on the drivers side noting any movement of parts prior to the tire moving. If all the parts are good as soon as your helper turns the wheel you should see the tire move immediately. If you notice that you see a delayed movement from the time you turn the wheel and the time the Rack Starts moving then you will need to replace the Rack. Thanks, and I hope this help. Dorrian
The new tires could be out of balance,or even though they are new could have a bad belt in one of them,If it was doing this,the problem,if it was there before the tires were installed,have the front end checked.And you may need a front end alignment.If the tie rod,and ball joint were bad on that side,then chances are the other side may have bad front end parts also.You know it needs alignment after replacing tie rod ends don`t you?Eye balling the tie rod end does not get it back in line,and it may have needed the alignment anyway,Have a 4 wheel alignment done to make sure that is out og the equation while diagnosing the problem.