: not sure this is much help since i've got a 97 T/A WS6, but i had a
: end go bad recently...called around and found a shop to do the labor for
: parts for 35, and an alignment for 25...total was 100 out the door. even
: the discount auto i called wanted 30 something for a tie-rod end. i only
: did the tie rod on one side...is this a bad idea?
Travis, I'm going to use you as an example, so don't take it personally.
I constantly see people coming and going from mechanics and tire sales
places who just want to replace ONE tire, or ONE brake pad, or ONE spark
plug. Now, a good shop won't even touch your car if you only want one
corner of pads done or one spark plug, and rightly so.
The question I have is this and lets take the spark plugs and run with it.
If one plug is past its useful life and needs to be changed, what in the
world can possibly make you think that the rest of them are running at peak
efficiency and won't need to be changed soon if not now.
The answer you should have given would be no. No, they are all at the end
of their useful life and should ALL be replaced. Likewise, when it comes to
the tie rods, replace everything that needs to be replaced. That list would
include: Adjusting Sleeves (LH, RH), Outer Tie Rod Ends (LH, RH), and Inner
Tie Rod Ends (LH, RH). I'm assuming the tie rod itself is fine, and unless
you're driving in nothing but salt water and don't clean your undercarriage,
then it should be fine.
IMHO, $130 to replace all the parts is a small cost when compared to the
lives of the people in the car of the other car your going to collide with
as your traveling down Route 666 and your tie rod end collapses and you go
veering to the Left or Right into another car. (Or furry woodland animal,
in which case make sure you have a skinning knife and wood for a campfire.
In any case, it comes down to personal preference and funds, but for my
money I'd replace the entire set.
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