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Old 19 Dec 2011, 11:27 pm
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80K miles and a torn ball joint boot, so figure I'll put in two Moog LCAs this week. Two questions:
  • Do I need to have it aligned after this, if I don't touch the tie rods?
  • How do I check for wear on the INNER tie rods?
It currently tracks straight, with no shakes or shimmies. I do occasionally get a popping noise from the right front on washboard surfaces. This is the side with the torn boot. Sway bar bushings look a little tired, so I'm replacing those, as well.
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Old 19 Dec 2011, 11:36 pm
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Is good to have an alignment if you haven't done it in a while but like you said, you are not touching the tie rods. The inner tie rods you can check them by lifting one wheel and move it in and out to "feel" any play.
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You might consider replacing the outers if you haven't already.
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Old 20 Dec 2011, 11:10 am
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80K miles and a torn ball joint boot, so figure I'll put in two Moog LCAs this week. Two questions:
  • Do I need to have it aligned after this, if I don't touch the tie rods?
  • How do I check for wear on the INNER tie rods?
It currently tracks straight, with no shakes or shimmies. I do occasionally get a popping noise from the right front on washboard surfaces. This is the side with the torn boot. Sway bar bushings look a little tired, so I'm replacing those, as well.

The inner is a ball joint so with one tire in the air and the other on the ground, visually watch the outer for play as you move the tire. Any side-side movement at all of the tire indicates a worn inner (provided the outer isn't visually moving either. A wheel bearing would have play all the way around.
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Is good to have an alignment if you haven't done it in a while but like you said, you are not touching the tie rods. The inner tie rods you can check them by lifting one wheel and move it in and out to "feel" any play.
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You might consider replacing the outers if you haven't already.
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The inner is a ball joint so with one tire in the air and the other on the ground, visually watch the outer for play as you move the tire. Any side-side movement at all of the tire indicates a worn inner (provided the outer isn't visually moving either. A wheel bearing would have play all the way around.
Sweet... that's the info I was looking for. Thanks!
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The wheel alignment is a must. I thought I could hold off after replacing my control arm bushings and a wheel bearing. The car drove straight, but it drifted while highway cruising. After the alignment, I felt a huge difference.
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