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How hard is it to replace tie rod ends and ball joints on a 1997 ford expedition left side

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Why would you do all that? They all can't possibly be worn out. It's fairly hard,and will need to be aligned,so let a shop, do whatever needs to be done. Only the worn out parts. Stand inside the service bay and have them do a test of some sort,to prove to you,what is worn,don't take their word.

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I have loose tie rod ends on both the right and left side of a ford 1999 expedition. On the passenger side the bottom bolt is missing completely. Do I need to replae both with a whole new assembly?


If the tie rods are just loose,you replace the bolts

Obviously if the end joint or brg is worn & loose you replace
them. (not the entire arm,just the joint)

You can replace the bolt or the tie rods yourself,
then have the front aligned within a few days as the
toe will be off.

I assume your talking outer ties rod ends,
not inner --- inside the steering rack boots!!

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We have a 2004 Ford Expedition when you turn right there is a noise coming from the wheel on the driver side. At first it was like a grinding noise so we changed the inner/outer tie rods. The noise...


There are several components that could cause noise from the front when turning. The components to be concerned about are, Wheel bearings, Ball Joints, Tie rod Ends, CV joints and brake rotors.

Wheel Barrings:

Jack the car up under the control arm until the wheel is off the ground about 3 inches. Slide a pry bar under the tire and place the other hand on the top of the tire. As you lift and lower the pry bar fell for loose movement in the tire. If there is such movement you have a bad wheel bearing.

On your vehicle this is a sealed Hub.

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Repeat the test above and watch the upper and lower ball joints for movement. Is there is movement replace the bad ball joint.

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You have changed the inner and outer tie rod ends so you are probably covered there.

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The Joint is housed in a rubber boot. If you can feel the joint inside the boot you can turn the tire forward and back and feel for play in the joint. If you are not able to feel the play you can loosen the clamp on the boot and push the boot out of the way. Then repeat the test.

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You have already changed the rotors so this is not likely the issue.

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My 1998 Ford Expedition makes a squeeking sound when i make turns(left and right) and travel over uneven sections in the roador bumps. Is this a worn sway arm bushing problem?


Look to see if the ball joints and tie-rod ends have grease zerks. If they do, they need to be greased. If they don't, they'll likely need to be replaced.

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