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Old 11-14-2011, 07:42 PM
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F350 Tie Rod Replacement?

Hi all, I have a 1989 F350 and I'm experiencing a couple problems.
When I turn left on a road I feel a slight vibration. Is it just the boots that are the problem? How should I go about fixing this?

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Left Tie Rod (Bad One)
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For comparison, the right one (Good one)
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Power steering connection
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Closer look of power steering boot
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:53 PM
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The boots are a problem yea however if there is play in the joint it need be replaced as a unit, tie rod end will include a new boot naturally.

If the joint is tight and is greaseable type you could just replace the boot if you can get one, however usually when to that point the damaged boot has allowed dirt in damage is already done. Unless of course excessive amount of play in the joint to start with was the reason for the boot failure/damage.

Even the joint pictured with the fully intact boot, that joint might be worn out regardless of boots apparent condition.
Only way know is check everything over for play.
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The one at the pitman arm (the right inner tie rod) looks like it has had a pickle fork used on it to seperate it, ripping the boot. The nut looks like it has just been removed also.
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Yeah there is play in all of the joints pictured. Looks like an expensive repair. Great.
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New tie rods ar about 30-40 a piece. Dont forget a toe set afterwards
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