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Old 12-11-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
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Tie Rod

After hitting a curb a couple of nights ago, I have suspected something else was wrong with my steering/left wheel. Well tonight I finally got around to jacking up the some-***** and noticed the front left tie-rod is bent significantly. Is this a do it yourself or is it something that a trained professional would have to do?

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Old 12-11-2005, 12:27 PM   #2
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I can't see why it would not be a DIY-able item, but you would need to get the front end re-aligned afterwards. It may be worthwhile getting quotes on alignment only, then repair & alignment all at once.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:47 PM   #3
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The allignment is already pretty out of whack so to speak. If I can save myself a few hundred bucks I'd rather crawl underneath that mother and fix it myself. I have an appointment Wednesday morning at 9:30. Maybe I'll go buy a new tie rod assembly and end tomorrow and just do it.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:29 PM   #4
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You could do a quick DIY alignment to get you by until you hit the shop. Do what short track guys do, tape measure the front edges of the tires - you should have a bit of toe-out, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch. But definitely get the alignment afterwards.
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Old 12-14-2005, 09:01 PM   #5
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Got it checked out at the stealership. The steering rack is messed up, power steering pressure hose is pinched, and my wheel is cracked. Total is $2600~. Time to file a claim with Mr. Insurance company!
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Old 12-14-2005, 09:56 PM   #6
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Awww f^ck!! That sucks balls man - keep us updated...

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Old 12-14-2005, 09:59 PM   #7
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Yeah it's been a rough day, that's for sure.
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