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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Wj What is worn, and what is not?

Hey all, I have some clarification questions about my front end. Could someone please review the videos and tell me if my tie rod end and or my steering stabilizer are worn out? The first video is my tie rod end coming from the drag link and connecting to the wheel hub that will rock back and forth when the wheel is turned, even when the car is off (itís the source of the clunking noise heard in the video). My question is if the movement is normal or if the TRE is worn out and I need to replace it. The second clip is of my stock steering stabilizer as I touch the plastic housing, is it supposed to be loose like it is and be able to spin/move? I know most guys on here upgraded their steering stabilizers long ago but I'm still on my stock setup so I'm wondering what the deal is. Thanks in advance!

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Unread 10-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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That tie rod end is shot. Furthermore, it looks like the nut on the tie rod is not even tight! You were just spinning the dust cover on the SS. The way to test the SS is to pull it off and see how easily it gives to you pushing and pulling it back and forth.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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Thanks snobrdrkid07, but how do you know the TRE is definitely ruined? I have the nut tightened down just far enough to get the cotter pin through the holes in the castle nut, should i go farther? The reason I question your diagnosis is because i replaced that TRE about 1000 miles ago and i dont want to think about replacing it this soon.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Short answer is that there should be NO movement between the tie rod end and the knuckle.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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^^yeah, that's hella loose. would be surprised if you don't feel that when driving
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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:11 PM   #6
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The entire stub is moving, if it was properly seated it shouldn't move at all. I'd take it out and see if the tapered hole is destroyed.
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