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post #1 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question how to tell if my tierod ends are bad???

i went to get an alignment today and was told that my inner left tierod was bad i was just wondering how to tell if it really is or not, and should i change all four of them at once or only the ones that are bad. it on a 99 xj sport that im getting ready to lift 3" with a bds kit. its got 145k on it so its just getting broke in.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 07:03 PM
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Get underneath the jeep and grab the tie rod and try to move it around. It should pivot tightly. Any excessive play, or movement means its shot. Most of the time it will make a small clank when you move it, which is due to the excessive play between the ball shank and socket poprtion. Other way is to have someone tug on the wheel and you watch and listen underneath to see if its shot.. your choice.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 07:48 PM
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With 145k miles, replace all of them. You can be sure that they are worn.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 08:20 PM
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Would a shot tie-rod/ tie-rod end make a clunking noise while turning occasionally?

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 08:31 PM
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Would a shot tie-rod/ tie-rod end make a clunking noise while turning occasionally?
Sure can as well as a bad ujoint or ball joint

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 08:35 PM
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Sure can as well as a bad ujoint or ball joint
I just got my front u-joint done a few months ago. So, I don't think that's it.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-13-2005, 09:19 PM
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I was wondering this as well. My tierod is nice and tight, and it's greased up, (sorry that sounded wrong) I can't move it side to side, but I can kick either side of my tire and it'll move about a half of an inch left or right like it's turning. Is this bad?

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