93 Camry Inner Tie Rod

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Old 13 Apr 2004, 02:51 pm   #1 (permalink)
AndyMan
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Default 93 Camry Inner Tie Rod

Hi, all. I was told by my mechanic that he could not align my 93 Camry XLE
because the inner tie rod (not sure which side) has excessive wear. I
have noticed any play or pull in the steering, but he advised me I will
start to get tire wear. He recommended replacing the steering rack with a
rebuilt one, for a total of $585 (including the alignment). On the other
hand, I can get a NAPA tie rod for $75 and install it myself, and save a
few hudred bucks. I have not done this job, but recently replaced the
struts and axels. How does the tie rod job compare? Any advice on
replacing the rack vs. only the tie rod?

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Old 13 Apr 2004, 06:20 pm   #2 (permalink)
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$62 at www.carparts.com for moog - should be easy job -- you may need a
pickle fork. Not sure why he'd want to replace the entire steering rack?

"AndyMan" <ralston747@> wrote in message
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> Hi, all. I was told by my mechanic that he could not align my 93 Camry

XLE
> because the inner tie rod (not sure which side) has excessive wear. I
> have noticed any play or pull in the steering, but he advised me I will
> start to get tire wear. He recommended replacing the steering rack with a
> rebuilt one, for a total of $585 (including the alignment). On the other
> hand, I can get a NAPA tie rod for $75 and install it myself, and save a
> few hudred bucks. I have not done this job, but recently replaced the
> struts and axels. How does the tie rod job compare? Any advice on
> replacing the rack vs. only the tie rod?
>



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Old 14 Apr 2004, 08:00 am   #3 (permalink)
Alex Marcuzzi
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You should be able to determine which side has the play by jacking up the
front of the car and then twist each wheel right and left and see which side
has the play. I had some play on my inner tie rod on the driver side of my
1993 Camry and the garage wanted to replace it but I told them that I would
do it myself. When I took it home I cut the tie wrap holding the rubber boot
over the inner tie rod and determined that the there is a nut which holds
the ball joint in place and it was loose. I then tightened the nut and
reinstalled the rubber boot with a new tie wrap. It got rid of the play. You
should give it a try before you buy a new one. This will also give you an
idea as to what is involved in replacing the part in case you have to buy a
new one. I had to remove the air intake assembly and work from above in
order to have enough room to get wrenches in there to tighten the nut. That
was two years ago and I check it once in a while when I am checking the
breaks and it is still feels tight.
Alex
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> $62 at www.carparts.com for moog - should be easy job -- you may need a
> pickle fork. Not sure why he'd want to replace the entire steering rack?
>
> "AndyMan" <ralston747@> wrote in message
> news:f1002184330905aa3b7d8f9f3d8086d7@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> > Hi, all. I was told by my mechanic that he could not align my 93 Camry

> XLE
> > because the inner tie rod (not sure which side) has excessive wear. I
> > have noticed any play or pull in the steering, but he advised me I will
> > start to get tire wear. He recommended replacing the steering rack with

a
> > rebuilt one, for a total of $585 (including the alignment). On the

other
> > hand, I can get a NAPA tie rod for $75 and install it myself, and save a
> > few hudred bucks. I have not done this job, but recently replaced the
> > struts and axels. How does the tie rod job compare? Any advice on
> > replacing the rack vs. only the tie rod?
> >

>
>



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