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I have a 1997 GMC Sierra. My front left(drivers side) tire wears horribly on the outside. (lookin at the tire from the front of the vehicle, the top leans out, and the bottom cuts in. The outside 6inches wears on the tire, while the inside tread does not wear at all.) I was told something about it being the inner tie rod was worn. But from my knowledge, that would not let the tire lean out like that. I was just wondering if anyone knew what the possible cause/repair-cost would be for that issue? Thank you for any help.

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  • buell_rider8 Jun 20, 2009

    Well hopefully replacing a ball joint is not too much! 40dollars for a ball joint is not too bad, but i reckon the labor will be expensive. Thank you again for the help, you all do great work. thank you very much

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Alingment company said front springs were sagging tie rod ends show some wear only 50,000 miles. what is the cause. no off road use.

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Align the truck, sound like the camber is out of adjustment the upper control arm is holding it out too much, or your lower ball joint is messed up and lets it tuck in. The tie rods on that truck have nothing to do with it. Ball joints are like 40 bucks each for a good one, and an alignment is like 50. Is this a 4wd truck? If you have torsion bars make sure they are not too tight, when you hit dips its gonna distort the tire to the ground.

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    Jake Jun 20, 2009

    If its a lower ball joint you will feel it going over speed bumps, feels like somethings loose. If they are original they are pressed in not bolted, and they can be a pain in the ***. I took my truck some place years ago when they first went bad on me, and it took them almost 3 days to get them out. They had to soak them in solutions to get them loose. The average shop will charge between 30 - 60 bucks an hour, and if they get the parts, they will mark it up a percentage. Good luck. :)

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Not sure of the cost, that depends on your location.. You have a bad lower ball joint.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
The ball joint will have to be replaced ASAP, breakage could lead to lose of vehicle control.

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