If you have never replaced your steering rack and with the age of some Tauruses you may find that your inner strut rods have gone bad. A bad tie rod will show by the steering wheel feeling detached and trouble tracking around long sweeping turns. The easiest way to inspect the inner tie rod ends is to jack the wheel off the ground and shake the tire at 3 and 9 o'clock. If you feel a clicking or clunking, track down where it is coming from. If it has the same movement at 6 and 12 o'clock, it is most likely a wheel bearing. If it is only at 3 and 9 o'clock. suspect a tie rod end. You can have one person shake the wheel, while you feel where the play is located. The inner tie rod end is the pivot joint and rod closest to the center of the rack (behind the rubber bellows).
Changing the inner tie rod ends requires a special tool. They are available at most parts stores as a rental or you can buy one at a reasonable price. Read your manual or ask us for pointers, as you do not want to damage the rack when changing the inner tie rod ends. It is not that difficult to do, but you do need to take your time and do it correctly.
Includes 1 inner tie rod and needed hardware.
It is best to replace both at the same time as the other one might be close behind. You will need an alignment after replacing tie rod ends.
1986-1995 Taurus (all motors)
1996-1999 Taurus 3.4 SHO
1996-2007 Taurus Duratec and Vulcan
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