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Two mechanics, two different answers. We had the struts replaced on our 1997 Chrysler Concorde a couple months ago. A few weeks ago we had the front tie rods replaced and then needed an alingment. The garage we took it to said they couldn't do the alignmnet because the struts were not properly installed. Of course taking it back to the mechanic that did the work says he's had 20 years of front end work and that's the way they go. The issue - when you open the hood and remove the rubber cover at the top of the tie rod when someone turns the steering wheel the top of the tie rod moves. Not much, maybe a half an inch or so turning the wheels full left to full right. Should this happen? The guy that did the struts says yes, the guy that couldn't do the alignment says no. The car only has 70,000 miles on it and want it to stay around for a while. Thanks Janet

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Well Janet, the tie rods are what attaches the steering to the wheel assembly, so if the wheel is turned, then yes the tie rod ends are supposed to move up and down a little to compensate for the stress of the wheel moving. if they where installed correctly then the componets should not touch nor become close to each other. tpyically these componets only have one installation procedure, and it is hardly likly to install them wrong, unless the installer forgets to put the washers and rubber in the right order. and it is possible that on some vehicles the left and right tie rod ends are installed opposite of each other and this will cause them to contact other parts, and this is bad. it will bent the tie rods and offset the steering. I have been a heavy line mechanic for the past 20 yrs as well and it sounds like the technition at the alignment shop just dident want to mess with your car. in the center there is a connection point that has two bolts and a flat metal plate to attach the inner tie rods to the rack n pinion, and no these should not move any direction except a rotation, meaning circular, not up and down or left and right. and alot of the time I get this car in my shop is when its just plain worn out and they move around verry sloppy, or someome has not tightened them up enough, because they are a pain to get to. hope this helps.

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