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Do you have the ability to safely raise the vehicle off off the ground and get under the vehicle?
Here is what you do:
Raise the vehicle. getting all of the weight off of the front tires
Have an assistant hold one tire steady (to keep it from moving)
Move the other tire (like trying to turn it); see if there is some looseness as you move the tire left to right
If so, get under the vehicle and have your assistant move the tire while your hold the tie rod; look for a loose feeling as the tire moves
If your feel looseness, the inner rod needs replaced
If the inner rods are OK, there should not be any looseness as your move the wheel back and forth
Ok, I should not be able to move one of the tires when my friend holds the other one still then?
correct; the tire should feel tight and when you move your side, no movemnet, the other tire should move as you move your side equally
no "free play"
Got it. I had a mechanic (non-toyota) tell me the inner tie rod ends were loose and would need to be replaced soon. A toyota mechanic told me it was "normal play" for a 2004 Tacoma
Looseness = replace.
Should be tight. A little teeny bit (cause it has to move), but not 1/8" or so
Okay, that helps alot. Thanks
If you replace the rods, a front end alignment is really a good idea
dont do them without an alignment
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