99 Camry Tie Rods

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Old 19 Jan 2006, 02:36 pm   #1 (permalink)
bigref
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Default 99 Camry Tie Rods

For all you Camry experts out there..can anyone advise on level of
difficulting in changing out tie rods inner and outer for 99 camry? Is
it safe to perform a DIY tie rod change and the drive a few blocks to
have alignment done? any specail tools needed? Thanks!

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Old 19 Jan 2006, 06:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 Camry Tie Rods

just count the exposed threads to get them back close to the original
length - fi you're changing the tie rod ends, you should use a puller -
Harbor Freight has tie rod end pullers for $6.95 in my area, or ck.
harborfreight.com

just curious, how did you determine they need replacement?

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Old 19 Jan 2006, 07:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Took car in for service at Pep Boys for a misfire diagnosis and repair
(was on the road or I would fixed it my self). They poked around and
suggested that tie rods very in very bad shape and wanted $950 to fix!
just paid the $100 for the tune up and got the hell out of there.

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Old 20 Jan 2006, 09:35 pm   #4 (permalink)
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bigref wrote:
> Took car in for service at Pep Boys for a misfire diagnosis and repair
> (was on the road or I would fixed it my self). They poked around and
> suggested that tie rods very in very bad shape and wanted $950 to fix!
> just paid the $100 for the tune up and got the hell out of there.


I suggest you get a second opinion. I have not had good luck with Pep Boys.
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Old 23 Jan 2006, 09:15 am   #5 (permalink)
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"davidj92" <davidj92REMOVE@sigecom.net> wrote in message
news:CcmdnSJc14SfMUzenZ2dnUVZ_tydnZ2d@sigecom.net. ..
> bigref wrote:
> > Took car in for service at Pep Boys for a misfire diagnosis and repair
> > (was on the road or I would fixed it my self). They poked around and
> > suggested that tie rods very in very bad shape and wanted $950 to fix!
> > just paid the $100 for the tune up and got the hell out of there.

>
> I suggest you get a second opinion. I have not had good luck with Pep

Boys.
> davidj92


Peraxctly. Toyota has a reputation for using high endurance parts. My '96
has 173,000 ks and the discernable movement in the outer tie-rod-ends is not
discernable.

If you want to check them for yourself,..jack up one front wheel at a time.
Once off the ground, grovel around so you can see the tierod, then get
someone to apply a back and forth movement on the road wheel in the
horizontal plane. Prior, youmay need to have the front wheels pointing a
steering-wheel turn or so off central to see the tierod properly. Any
movement of the peg which is not followed by the tierod housing, is wear.

Jason.


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