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Question DetailsAsked on 5/13/2013

If I replace one front end tie rod, do I have to get an alignment?

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If only the tie rod and not the ball joints or other axle-end items were replaced, then IF the toe-in was properly measured and recorded before disassembly, then the same measurement should return your vehicle to the original alignment after reassembly. (This does not apply to "floating" front ends, where the tie rod and crossarm are inter-connected.)

Some people count the turns in disassembly and screw the new tie tod end on the same number of turns, which works fine only if the new rod and end threads start at exactly the same distance from the face as the original - which is unlikely, as they could easily be 1/2 turn different yet "measure" the same. Ditto with number of turns - depending on where the threads started cutting on the rod and tie end relative to the orientation of the piece, a given number of turns could result in almost a full revolution difference - say for an 8 tpi thread, off by 1/8 inch in toe-in.

Also - if the tie rod ends were so worn they need replacement, then the other 1 to 3 front end adjustments (depending on vehicle design) probably need adjusting too by now.

General rule - remove or change ball joints, crossarm, suspension arm, tie rods, steering arm or rod - check and, if necessary, adjust alignment.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Good practice to get an alignment every time you change parts! Or be prepared to replace tires!

Answered 7 years ago by wmadix

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