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Bad inner tie rod end. Do it myself or take it in?

01-22-2010, 11:09 AM
I had my car at Sears getting new tires put on it (damn Conti's lasted a year and a half) and it seems that the passenger inner tie rod end is bad. The tech showed me and it has some play when moving the wheel side to side.

They want ~$250 to for both inner tie rods, labor, and an alignment. I started doing some research and it doesn't seem too bad to do the change. Is it as easy as this -


I have my Chilton's book around here somewhere, but it got misplaced after the move.

Anyway, is it worth it to do the work myself?

01-23-2010, 06:25 PM
It would probably save you 150$ or so, if you want to save some money and dont mind doing the labor then go for it. I would probably do it myself.

01-24-2010, 09:37 AM
Actually $250 is not too bad of a price for everything. Most alignments are $60-$100 themself, plus parts and labor then for the tie rods. That's not bad at all. I personally wouldn't let Sears touch my car though (bad experience with them on all my cars)

HOWEVER, it can be done at home. I'm not a huge suspension fan so to me it's not fun to do. But it will save you money. You will still need an alignment afterwards though.

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