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Old 06-22-2005, 11:02 PM   #1
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Just got back from the dealer today after an oil change. While on the hoist we checked out the front steering. Seems the car needs a left front outer tie rod already. The car has under 40,000 miles on it (2000 SSEi), but I do a lot of hard driving and cornering. Does this seem about right to you guys for life span? Seems to be a bit pre-mature to me for replacement already. My '94 didn't need any for over 100,000 miles!
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theres no telling when they can go but one thing do them in pairs regardless if the other side isnt bad
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I agree, you can never tell when a part will fail. Not so sure about the replace in pairs.

Game...why in pairs? This isn't on the idea like a headlight where some people replace both at once because the other side is expected to fail very soon? Different amounts of defects are in each part.
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I know it'* probably not normal, but my car has 293K on the clock with original tie rods. It is on a 1996 SE.
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The 2K+ Bonnies are heavier and it may have something to do with it. I've replaced both front sets in my 2 2000'*. 60k on one and 55k on the other.
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I agree, you can never tell when a part will fail. Not so sure about the replace in pairs.

Game...why in pairs? This isn't on the idea like a headlight where some people replace both at once because the other side is expected to fail very soon? Different amounts of defects are in each part.
do it right the1st time that way you dont have to take the time and money and go back and do it again hell a tie-rod is 20$ and the take what 5 min to replace
and if you do pair you only have to pay for 1 alignment
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and if you do pair you only have to pay for 1 alignment
Exactly.....the passenger side has a little play in it but bottom line is to do both so only 1
alignment job is necessary since one is required for the proper fix. Here in Canada the cost of the job is about $300 cdn including the alignment and labour and parts. You guys in the states have it made with your $20 tie rods! Ours are $61 cdn each! Labour shop rate is $70 cdn / hr!
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and if you do pair you only have to pay for 1 alignment
Exactly.....the passenger side has a little play in it but bottom line is to do both so only 1
alignment job is necessary since one is required for the proper fix. Here in Canada the cost of the job is about $300 cdn including the alignment and labour and parts. You guys in the states have it made with your $20 tie rods! Ours are $61 cdn each! Labour shop rate is $70 cdn / hr!
Doesn't $20US = about $60CDN? I damn near died when I saw your fuel prices per liter...I said...it'* not even a gallon!
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Umm tie rods are $60 or so here... I would know. I had to replace one...

I got a $100 USD alignment. It'* good for 3 years. I can get it aligned at anytime. Much better value then the $70 one, especially when struts will happen at some point.
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Doesn't $20US = about $60CDN? I damn near died when I saw your fuel prices per liter...I said...it'* not even a gallon!
For your information $1 US = $1.25 CDN. Oh and our gas prices suck big time. We are going to be $1.00/litre by the end of the summer. 1 imperial gallon = 4.54 litres so if you do the math that about $4.50/gallon. Right now with premium fuel it costs me $55-60 CDN to fill up the 2000 SSEi!. Oh well its only money!
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