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I dont know if i neeed a new tie-rod or ball joint. i cant control the stgeerimg of the front driver side tire.

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Best thing you can do is to jack up the front axle and put a long bar under the tire and attempt to lift it, Have someone watch the ball joints for excessive play. Then, while still lifted, have someone try to move the tire in and out by grasping it on both sides and shaking it. again watch underneath for any looseness in any suspension parts anything that has excessive play needs to be changed. Replacing ball joints is not an easy job if you have not done them before. It requires a special press. If you do decide to do this, I suggest that before you install them you put them in a freezer and work quickly when installing. They must be perfectly straight when going in or they will jam. You will also need to take great care to not damage them by bending either the top plate where the grease fitting goes or around the opening where the joint spindle exits the housing. Tie rod ends etc are simpler to install, requiring either a direct bolt in or matching measurements to retain original or close to original settings.

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You can't control the steering of the driver side tire, do you mean it won't turn when you steer in either direction? If that's the case, your tie rod end may have separated. If you jack up the car, support it with safety stands to prevent it from falling on you, have someone grab the front wheel and try to move it back and forth, as if you were trying to steer the car left and right, also grab the top and bottom of the wheel and try to move it in and out. While someone does this, watch under the car for 'play' or movement in the front end components (tie rod ends, lower ball joint, etc. You shouldn't see anything moving that looks loose. Also try putting a 2x4 board under the tire, use a rock or brick as a fulcrum, and pry up and down on the wheel to check again for a bad ball joint.

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