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mercuryman
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Mar 20, 2012, 7:32 AM

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I have a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis.
I had a bad ,loose inner tie rod end on the drivers side.
I replaced it, but now the car pulls to the side while driving, and feels way out of line.

Can I loosen both bolts on the tie rod sleeve, and re adjust the inner tie rod to get rid of the play in the front end.
This would be temporary , so I can get car inspected. I will go to garage for front end alignment in a few days.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 20, 2012, 9:33 AM

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Hmmm - out of proper tow (in or out) shouldn't make the car pull from now aged front end angle training. Wheel may be off center now.

No matter - if you do this again on a standard front end part count the turns out of one of those and put exact proper replacement part back in with the same # of turns - it still needs alignment which you should do right away before you wreck tires.

If tires are not even and right on the car the alignment really can't be it's best. Sometimes and fact frequently a tires alone are worn funky from being out of line. At least have the best two on the front.

A proper alignment should include all four wheels, tire pressure even and right and height if a spring was somehow lower on one side and all other pertinent front and rear end parts. Price will be local to you. Get that done right and not look for a bargain as the right machine is insanely expensive and worth it.

Depending on where you are just being out of alignment wouldn't reject a safety inspection but IDK the test for everywhere. Some include even brake action and so on.

If your inspection is by the month rather than what day from your last than you should have time to get the alignment done first and find out if anything else is wrong,

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Hammer Time
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Mar 20, 2012, 10:28 AM

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Can I loosen both bolts on the tie rod sleeve, and re adjust the inner tie rod to get rid of the play in the front end.


Of course not. Changing the direction that the wheels point isn't going to repair worn out parts, but it will tear your tires apart if that's what you're shooting for..




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mercuryman
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Mar 20, 2012, 11:11 AM

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Can I loosen both bolts on the tie rod sleeve, and re adjust the inner tie rod to get rid of the play in the front end.


Of course not. Changing the direction that the wheels point isn't going to repair worn out parts, but it will tear your tires apart if that's what you're shooting for..


I already changed the inner tie rod yesterday, but it got way out of line. Can't I adjust the tie rod by rotating the sleeve?


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Mar 20, 2012, 1:53 PM

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Yes but you won't know without the alignment machine if you are making it better or worse. That's all part of an alignment (at least good ones) and centering the steering so the wheel is straight when going straight. Even that is important as vehicles I know anyway when turning will have more freeplay on purpose to compensate for the deviation of the track if a full circle one travels further so it at a different angle to be correct.

That part is a lot of training to understand. It's not a go-cart. Many observations and you should get a before and after printout showing it's within manufacturer's specifications right on paper. Good for your car and tires to have it right on the money,

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Hammer Time
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Mar 20, 2012, 4:27 PM

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Being off by even a 32nd of an inch can scrub your tires off in nothing flat. Get a proper wheel alignment done.




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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Mar 20, 2012, 4:28 PM)




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