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Old 07-02-2014, 09:30 AM
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Front alignment

I took my truck to get a alignment and guy calls me and says they need to replace the tie rods first. They would not do the alignment until then. They told me how much to replace the tie rods and then do the alignment. It was like 800. I did not do it so no alignment. How long do you guys see the tie rods last? 2005 f350 drw about 94000 miles. What the best way to check them?
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:38 AM
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800 is steep compared to what is involved if they are just doing the 2 tie rod ends IMO

94,000 isn't crazy early
it all depends on what kind of life the truck lead

best to have someone turn the wheel back and forth a little and watch for excessive movement you can also try to twist it and see if it feels sloppy at the joints
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:47 AM
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I am going to pick it up and try checking them. Doing long trip this weekend and was hopping to just get an alignment and move on. My real question is can it wait.
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Check for slop, if none it can wait, but also best to get a second opinion as well, good luck and safe travels
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:34 PM
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yes it can wait unless is super loose then might be time, if just a little then it'll just wear the tires faster but it be fine
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:31 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I check it and its only a little on the left side. I have no idea what they guy was talking about. But i did get to learn something new about the truck today.
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you should have asked them to show you what they were talking about when it was in their shop I think they should have no problem with that request
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:30 PM
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I just replaced mine OEM FORD parts for 197 bucks and then took it in for alignment. There very easy to change out. I found them on ebay and like I said genuine OEM Ford parts. I know this may be a lil late though
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OEM tie rod ends are an easy swap. Mark the old and new and you should be close to alignment specs prior to the swap. And, not knowing the truck history, you might have other worn steering/suspension parts as well.

For sure find a shop that specializes in allignment work. Too much at risk to go with any other.
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