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Old 30 May 2011, 08:32 am
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I am about to install new inner and outer tie rods on both front wheels. The problem is, I won't be able to get the car aligned for a couple days. Will replacing these parts make the car unsafe to drive long distances until the alignment is done? Or will it not be too bad? The car drives 70 miles a day for work.

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Old 31 May 2011, 08:46 am
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It all depends on how well you match the tie rod lengths on the new parts. You'll know right away during your test drive if you got it close.
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Old 31 May 2011, 02:28 pm
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what he said measure the old ones and try to get as close with the new as you can and it should be ok
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Old 31 May 2011, 04:50 pm
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Thanks for the input, i marked the threads and its right where it was with the old tie rod ends - not aligned but at least no worse.
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Old 31 May 2011, 11:57 pm
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Hey let me know how difficult it is to change the inner tie rods. I have a 06 with some inner tie rod problems.
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Old 01 Jun 2011, 12:24 am
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You can't adjust caster/camber while changing them, but you can get pretty close on toe-in. If you measure from the very center of the tread on the front facing part of the tires, center to center, left to right. Then measure the same on the back side of the front tires. They should be very close in separation, if not then your alignment is already out of whack. I did mine and waited a few days and the guy that did my alignment said I got them very close.

This is just a basic drawing of what I'm talking about...
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Old 02 Jun 2011, 02:14 pm
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When I did mine, it was far enough off to cause some mild scuff and make noise and think the car wasn't really that stable. Thus I drove it for the couple days it took to get to the aligment place to work on surface streets while my wife drove my other one. It's realllly weird driving with toe-in thats pretty far out.
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 01:49 am
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I've just changed an outer tie rod end on my '02 PTC and am wondering if there should be toe in, toe out or neutral? (My understanding of Chromenut's sketch is neutral ie no toe in or toe out).
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