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The tierod ends and alignment the tires are not straight

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You need to have a front end or tire shop look at it. Adjustments need to be done accurately on an alignment rack

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Pass driver outter tire rod needs to be replace. how to do it?

You can do this with the wheel on but it's easier with the wheel off. First, break the locknut free - that's the big nut that jams up against the outer tierod. NOTE: After you break this free, thread it back to where it just touches the tierod end. Check the threads, though - depending on what side you're doing it may be reverse (lefthand) thread. then, pull the cotter pin (if equipped) on the end that goes through the knuckle and remove the nut. Take a big hammer (24 ounce ball peen or small sledge) and smash the knuckle where the tierod goes in until you see it bounce/break free. Tap it up through the knuckle and thread it off. Check the lengths by putting old side-by-side with new - measure from the CENTRE of the head/ball joint portion to the end. If they look EXACTLY the same, thread new one on to meet lock nut. IF THEY ARE DIFFERENT LENGTHS: measure the difference and then back off/move forward the lock nut that exact measurement. If you do not, then you will need to go for an alignment afterward. Doing an alignment after is recommended anyway, but seeing as how you want to do this at home I expect you'd like to save yourself that additional cost or you'd've gone to a shop to begin with, right? Don't forget to tighten the locknut back up to the tierod end. You may need to grip the inner tierod if it wants to spin on you - most have a spot for a wrench but vice grips or parrot jaws often work better.

Sep 06, 2011 | Buick Century Cars & Trucks

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How can u tell if idler arm is bad.

3 Symptoms of a bad idler arm,
  1. Road walking. When the vehicle wanders back and forth in the direction of travel and it is difficult to keep it straight.
  2. When sitting still, there is considerable play in the steering wheel. It can be moved considerably with no resistance.
  3. When sitting still, and with the front wheels off the ground, it is possible to move the wheels side to side without the steering wheel moving. also check out the tie rods and Pitman arm,
they may contribute to this also. have a good day!!

Apr 19, 2011 | 1995 Mercury Villager

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Changing the inner tie-rod end

Not a fun job. You will need to disconect the tierod from the other linkage. Mark the tierod where the rod end stops. Unscrew the old and put on the new rod end. Reconnect the linkage. Sounds easy but it will take time, and a little beating with a hammer. After you complete the job you should get an alignment to keep for chewing up your tires. A useful tool for this job is a "tie rod remover" it looks like a tuning fork. You can usually borrow or rent them from an auto parts store. they typically want a deposit for the tools. Hope this give you an hand.

Dec 09, 2010 | 1991 Geo Prizm

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Front end shakes but shock is new and all the tierod ends are new

Look at your tires for uneven wear. Check front wheel balance and ball joints. You may be able to get a free front end inspection at some alignment shops.

Oct 01, 2010 | 2004 Dodge Ram 2500

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How to make my steering wheel stright

Really the safest way to do it is with a front-end alignment. A part called the Pitman arm is attached to the steering box. It has grooves cut in it and matches the indentations in the box. You remove the arm from the box and slide it off, then center the steering wheel and reattach the arm.

The difficult part is separating the arm from the box. The nut sizes are substantial and sometimes required a puller and heat. The problem is the steering wheel should have been centered at an alignment shop.

Assuming the steering wheel started out centered, the tierod ends, tierods, and any links are now worn or bent causing the steering wheel to be out of place.
Your alignment could be off with one side or the other having too many twists or too few. This is a sign that the tierod ends were changed since the last alignment.

Your best and safest bet is to get a good front-end alignment and tell them you want the steering wheel centered and tires aligned.

May 13, 2010 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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I just replaced the inner an outer tierod ends.the steering wont turn back after u make a turn

You need a frontend alignment. If you took off the entire tierod you may have hung the rod backwards and it is catching. When you unscrew the ends you are suppose to count the twists and then replace the ends with the same amount of twists.

If the rod is too long or too short now it will put the tires in a position that is not aligned. You can align this temporarily by straightening the wheel so the tires are parallel. Then measure the inside of the rim so that the BACK of the rims are about 3/8 of a inch wider than the BACK of the rims in the front of the tire. The tires are suppose to travel knob kneed about 3/8" toe-in.

Apr 15, 2010 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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Just replaced tie end rods and on the way home begin to hear this humming when turning the steering wheel and a strange rubber smell. What can it be?

It could be several things. If the steering is out of alignment the steering pump could be working all of the time. You could have the steering pump seizing and causing the serpetine belt to burn up.

Or if your front tires are seriously out of alignment they are dogwalking and you are cutting new wear patterns on the tires. You can look at the tires and see if they are getting wear rings. The rubber on the tire would be the smell.

If you counted the number of twists on each tierod end when you removed and replaced them you should be close. If not, you need a frontend alignment or a 4 wheel alignment if the rear parts are adjustable. By doing the tierod ends yourself you saved money, but the alignment would have to be done no matter who did the work.

Mar 24, 2010 | 1994 Ford Taurus

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to change a tierod on 2001 malibu, jackup and remove front tire, next locate the nut holding tierod on tire side, remove cotter pin and loosen but do not remove the castle nut from the tie-rod end ball joint stud. then install a small puller and break loose the tie-rod end from the steering knuckle. remove nut and detach tie-rod end. (I forgot to mention before taking tie-rod end off of vehicle,loosen the tie-rod end jam nut and mark the position of the tie-rod end on the threaded portion of the tie-rod. you can also count the number of turns to take off so you can put it back on.) make sure the new tie-rod end is aligned with the mark you made on the threads of the tie-rod. have the alignment checked or adjusted after you have installed tie-rod end. if in doubt you can go to any auto parts store and buy a haynes manual for your vehicle, they are based on a complete vehicle teardown. the cost is only about 20.00.

Nov 23, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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Yep....agreed. Ball joints are bad....if you had done maintenance on the front end steering or suspension system, you need a front end alignment. But, you definitely have issues with the suspension system.

Tierod, ball joints, struts....could be a lot of things.

Let us know what has been done to the front end.

Mar 21, 2009 | 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX

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