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Ford Windstar Tie Rod End Replacement Costs
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How Much Does A Tie Rod Replacement Cost?
The tie rod replacement cost can depend on the cost of the parts needed and labor.
Typically, it costs around $185 to $305 in total, with the new tie rod part costing about $40 to $120 and labor costing around $145 to $185. However, cost estimates can vary from vehicle to vehicle as well as based on which tie rod needs replacement.
On the plus side, you don’t always need to replace both parts together. But the cost of repairs could increase if your vehicle’s front wheel alignment is off, adding another $80 to $100 to your total bill.
How Urgent Is A Tie Rod Replacement?
A worn or faulty tie rod isn’t a matter you should overlook as it puts you and other drivers in danger. So, it’s best to replace the worn tie rod as soon as possible.
Driving with a bad tie rod end can lead to:
A loss of your vehicles steering system
Being stuck waiting for a tow
Moreover, a failing tie rod can cause front-end alignment issues, which hastens tire wear. So, replacing the part soon will help reduce repair costs in the long run, which includes the need for frequent tire services due to uneven wear.
How Do I Perform A Tie Rod Replacement?
Replacing a worn tie rod requires a fair amount of effort and know-how to ensure your car is safe to return on the road.
Here are steps an auto repair mechanic would take to replace a bad tie rod end:
Park the car on a level surface, keeping enough room to work around the vehicle.
Engage the parking brake and place blocks behind the rear wheels.
To access the tie rod assembly, lift the front end with jack stands, loosen the wheel or lug nuts (lock nut), and remove the wheels.
Loosen the inner and outer tie rod nut, as well as remove the castle nut and cotter pin using pliers.
Detach the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle (steering arm) with a wedge or hammer, and unscrew the outer tie rod end.
Next, remove the inner and outer tie rod nut as well as the inner tie rod end dust boot clamps. Also, detach the breather tube from the dust boot.
Use an inner tie rod removal tool to remove the inner tie rod end.
Install the new tie rod, ensuring that it matches the old tie rod by adapting its length if needed.
Tighten the connecting nut between the inner and outer tie rods and castle nut using a torque wrench. Reinstall all other nuts and pins removed during the process.
Apply a sealer to the new inner tie rod end, which attaches to the steering rack.
And if needed, replace the inner tie rod boot and inspect each ball joint for wear and tear.
Lastly, ensure that the vehicle’s front end is aligned.