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I live in nc, but have a 97 linc cont from MN, and have owned it for 14months. 6wks ago, I had an accident that damaged the front drivers quarter panel & rubbed the tire against the other car's passenger side. basically, the other car was pulled towards middle of road, with left signal on and brake lights on as I approached. When the car onother side of road passed, the car in front of me released their brakes, and so I pulled to their right and started to pass them. the 16yo driving the other car didn'tlook before changing their mind, and turned to right, into my car. long story short, my tire & front panel rubbed his door after the bumper hit first. immediately after accident, I noticed that car made a loud new noise from that area and shook randomly when driving at diff speeds. Insurnce adjuster said i needed an alignment, and they would cover the damage found. I had my tires looked at first, and after inspection, found that the frnt driver tire was excessively worn, and the wheel was loose when tried moving back & forth. they rotated the tires since needed good tires for front alignment and thought it was a bad ball joint. I took the car to a second shop, and after they looked at it, decided it was a bad inner tie rod and said I had a leak in my rack&pinion. They told me to take to a 3rd shop. 3rd shop looked at it today, and said that the tie rod was "worn" beyond repair and they didn't think damage was from accident. can u explain the difference to me? even if it was so worn, it wasn't driving this badly until after the accident. can u also tell me what your opinion and what repairs you would recommend, as well as a ballpark price I am looking at for this problem. Can't the accident have been the "breaking point" that caused the ride to degrade? Also as for the tires, they were all brand new that I had bought after I bought the car. the records show that all tire wear was equal until this last check/rotation. (with exception of abnormal wear on passenger tire when I had a bad wheel bearing last summer.) Please help and advise, as I am a disabled USAF Retiree, and live on a very small disability paycheck per month.

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Hi! If the pinion is leaking then it will need an oil seal replacement. If cant be solved by oil seal replacement due to bad condition, I suggest that the pinion itself should be replaced. The wornout of the pinion and the accident may have been the breakpoint. It may have nothing to do with the accident, things just break and thats inevitable. Hope this shed some light. Have a good one!

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