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Steering pulling to the right

I recently had a front-end alignment wherein they told me that I needed outer tie rod ends; which I paid to have done. After picking up my car; I began to hear steel rubbing against steel and my steering was pulling to the right. I took the car back 4 times and it still isn't running right. I recently learned that my car doesn't have outer tie rod ends, is this true? I have a 1994 Nissan Maxima. Anyone with experience in this area, please let me know.

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Your car does have outer tie rod ends.As for the pull I would suggest switching front tires if they aren't directional like put the left front on the right front and the right front on the left front and see if that helps the pull as tires get radial pull.Not sure what the steel rubbing on steel could be but I would go to another shop and have it looked at.

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Yes your car has outer tie rod ends.The steel on steel noise could be the metal plate behind your brake rotor could have got bent a little and is rubbing on the brake rotor.

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1) Raise and safely support the vehicle.

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