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Tie-rod Question: Play in front wheels (horizontal)

keith.s

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The car was in for a thorough check up to flag any major issues. Got the belts and tensioner pulleys replaced, cracked oil pan assembly, and rear stabilizers were replaced too.

I have had the ACDelco (GM) mechanic tell me that the Front Lower Control Arms need replacing. Something to do with bash bushing and bent controls arms.

From historic experience I don't trust these guys as they over-exaggerate (and over-charge). ACDelco (official GM) parts cost a bomb and so does labour. There's a dearth of good independent garages here (Qatar).

I took the car to an alignment centre next door and the mechanic demonstrated to me side-to-side play in both the front wheels. Says this is due to bad Tie-rods which need to be replaced, and there is no point doing an alignment now. I asked him to give an opinion on the Lower Control Arms and he said the bushing had gone bad. Now, the outer Tie-rod ends were replaced by ACDelco (GM) just over a year back.

I can seen uneven wear on all 4 tyres. The inner middle thread has more wear. The Rack and Pinion has a minor leak (legacy issue, hasn't really bothered me and I just keep an eye on steering fluid levels every couple of months).

Any inputs on the way forward will be greatly appreciated,

Cheers,
Keith
 

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Get your tierod ends replaced. If there is excessive movement in them they will be causing an issue. Also get the bushings replaced, then get a 4 wheel alignment done and ask for a written report.
 

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Could be the inner tie rod ends that need replacing if you have already done the outers.


 

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Thanks. Just ordered a full set of rack ends and tie rod ends from ebay Australia, and also lower control arms (whiteline). worked out to about half the price i would pay buying in Qatar. And that includes shipping!!
 
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