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oubobcatac
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:25 AM

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Hello there,

I have a 2010 Jeep Patriot (2.0L, front-wheel drive). The other day, in the process of moving, I had what turned out to be too much load in the car. The steering wheel would shake at 60 mph. I unloaded it, took it back on the highway, and now the shake was only apparent over 70 mph and on bends in the road. It was very slight but noticeable.

I took the car in for a tire rotation and balance to see if that would work. The guy performed this work, but he said I also need an inner tie rod end replacement (followed by an alignment). But he said that it's difficult to replace the inner tie rod end without also having to replace the outer, so he gave me a price quote for both options (just doing the inner and doing both).

Any suggestions on whether I should do just the inner or both the inner and outer?

Thanks in advance,
Anthony


oubobcatac
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:35 AM

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I probably should have added that the car does not have many miles on it -- 27k.


Discretesignals
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:40 AM

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Without being there to look at it, can't really give you confirmation on their diagnosis.

To replace the inner tie rod the outer tie rod has to be removed. You don't have to replace the outer tie rod if it is good.

If the outer tie rod is bad or the boot is ripped on it, then it should be replaced along with the bad inner tie rod. Since the outer has to be removed to replace the inner, the labor overlaps. This means you don't have to pay labor to replace the outer if they are doing the inner.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Jun 24, 2013, 11:43 AM)


oubobcatac
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:47 AM

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I appreciate the quick response. Do you think that's something he could figure out in the process? In other words, can I tell him to go in with the idea of just replacing the inner, but, if the outer looks bad, replace that, too? He was making it sound like an either/or proposition, which seems a strange thing for me to have to decide.


Discretesignals
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:53 AM

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Ask your mechanic if the outer tie rod is worn or faulty and in need of replacing. Have him/her show you why those components need to be replaced. Having him/her show you the problem will answer a lot of your questions.





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oubobcatac
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Jun 24, 2013, 11:58 AM

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OK, thanks!






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