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Re: how much will it cost to fix tie rod on 98 grand prix...
At our shop, about 25-30 bucks for the part, 20 Bucks to install, and 50 bucks for a 4 wheel alignment.. so roughly 100 bucks.. But keep in mine different shops have different labor rates.. Id replace both tie rods if it were me to get my money's worth outta the alignment.. Thanks.. ( ps) get ur own parts as most shops mark up the price
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Jim, this is not a hard job but you must do it right. I suggest you purchase the Chilton Manual for your car. Before you take it apart mark the location of the outer tie rod ends so you can have the toe-in at least close when you reassemble. You might want to replace the outer tie rod ends at the same time. If i am buying a rebuilt unit i always try to get a "A-1 Cardone complete unit" with the inner tire rod ends already factory installed.
disconnect it from the outer tie rod, remove the boot from the steering rack , you will need a special tool to get at the inner rod cap, remove and install new , then get the car aligned, not an easy job and hard to get at
first take the outer tierod off of the spindle tthen take the boot loose from the rack and try to break the inner tie rod loose make sure when replacing the inner tierod that you count number of times you turn it wel unscrewing the outer tie rid you will need to get a alinment perform after you replace that tierod.
the inner tie rod should have 2 flat spots where the tool goes onto,then the rest is smooth sometimes very hard too see in there.,the 2flat spots are on the back side close too the rack sometimes you need too put the wrench part of the tool on first then put the outer part of thhe tool onto the other piece .an octopuss would be helpfull with all his arms