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2000 caravan drivers side rotor wears out told tie-rod true or no

Drivers side front brakes wear fast and then eat the rotor was told bad outer tie rod but want to know what i am looking at. what does a bad tie rod look like or act like

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Look behind front wheel for rod that attaches to spindle/knuckle, and moves your wheel back & forth from steering rack. The tie rod (outer) is the piece attached on the end, that is threaded on that rod, and attaches to the spindle/knuckle, behind the wheel. Grab your tire and try to wiggle it hard from side to side. (hands at 3 & 9 o'clock ) Push with one hand while pulling with the other. If there is slop, or play, you have probably got a bad tie rod end, which you can observe it move by looking at where it attaches, while someone else wiggles it. Maybe this picture will help you I.D. it.2000 caravan drivers side rotor wears out told tie - 498e60a.jpg

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It won't be a bad tie rod end as this has absolutly zero to do with your brakes. I think you have a sticking caliper, or pads sticking on the cradle. The tie rod end has to do with your steering, and should be addressed if it is loose.

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Bad tie rod wouldn't do that , sounds more like a faulty caliper causing the brake to drag

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