2000 Taurus Tie Rod End Question

My 2000 Taurus was in the dealer yesterday for the spring recall. The dealer pointed out that the inner tie rod ends are pretty worn and quoted $450 to do the job. I'm taking it to my local Mr. dependable
mechanic to do the job on Wednesday. Should I have to outer ends replaced at the same time?
Thanks!
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That's a matter of taste.... I have some customers who regard "down time" and inconvenience higher than dollars spent. These folks will ask that serviceable parts be replaced in order to ensure that they wont have the same inconvenience in the near future. Others that are "thrifty" would regard the idea as "oversell".
The outer tie rod ends likely wont break the bank cost-wise and (at the very least) the toe would need resetting in either case, replacing serviceable parts may prve wise ( I do it on my vehicles regularly.... I "fix" things on my calendar - not when it may be inconvenient).
Be aware that it is easy for the inexperienced to damage the steering rack during inner TRE replacement....
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On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 01:22:39 GMT, "Jim Warman"

warman get back to the lube rack my car needs a lube
bull crap bang em on set the toe collect the dough
h u r c as t

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hurl. you can f*ck your customers over however you see fit. I will continue to serve my customers best interests.... You have grown most tedious and all but the very new to the NG see you for what you are....
This appears to be your "fifteen minutes of fame".... we are underwhelmed...
Once again... show us where "I" serviced "your" car. Once again, the mighty hurl let's his mouth step up to the plate.... and once again, it winds up full of foot....
As Michael so eloquently stated..... foad...
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(...)

That's fifteen minutes of fame, not stupidity. Of course, he has more than 15 minute of the latter.
Jeff
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Jim Warman wrote:

If the outers are going to wear and need replacement in the near future, it makes total sense to change them out while the car is already up in the air. I would hate to change the inners now and 9 months later need to do the outers.
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Your way is the way that I choose for my own vehicles and the way that most of my customers would prefer. There are many who, for whatever reason, could never afford to do this type of maintenance.... They may be low income folks, they may not realize that it is wise to tuck a few bucks away each payday because something on a car WILL break or wear out, still others will continue to drive a hurtin' car thinking that the problem will go away if they ignore it long enough.
To avoid being branded a thief and brigand, I am always careful to include the lower cost estimate with the "good" repair and explain my thinking carefully.
Down time, inconvenience, being stranded, up front costs... these can all weigh heavily in a customers buying decision. Cars are broken down into two distinct groups.... sacrificial parts are those that wear during normal operation.... These parts have a finite service life.... most will exceed that but it is the difference between replacing a part nearing the end of it's service life or waiting until it is broken to replace it. The other classification of parts is "crash" parts... loosely defined as parts that need an "outside" impetous to require replacement... collision, rust, abuse....
Let's look at it this way.... I spend however much of someones money taking something apart.... there is one broken part and several parts that are worn but not to the point of failure.... It makes good economic sense to avoid a repeat disassmbly process by replacing parts that will reach the point of failure in the forseeable future
Don't worry, scott, I didn't set out to lecture but I felt this was a good opportunity to restate the obvious...
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