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Old 01-07-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Question replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

I drove 7th gen civic in the snow recently and when i turn at the intersection, i guess the road was frozen so my whole vehicle slide and hit passenger side where the wheel is at, the wheel hit the sidewalk and the front bumper. Now that i notice that my steering wheel is leaning toward right side of the passenger side, it not straight like it was before, i notice i need alignment to be done, Do you guys think i need tie rod end to be replace or any others mechanism need to be replace recomended? Much helps need and be appreciated. If i need to replace such and such how much will it cost the parts and the labor wise? Thanks in advance!
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

TREs are a pretty easy fix for a DIYer. All you really need are some jack stands, a jack, some wrenches, sockets, a ratchet, and a pitman arm puller. You'll have to get it aligned once you're done, so you're covered there. Depending on how bad the damage is, I'd get everything checked out just in case. If you get tie rod ends, get the Moog ones. They're serviceable and, iirc, come with a lifetime warranty. Advance auto sells them. Don't know if Auto Zone or other stores sell them. They cost me about 50 or 60 bucks I think.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

Go down to NTB and buy the $59.99 1-year unlimited alignment (prices may vary. lol). If they can't get it in alignment they'll tell ya what's broken/bent. Then you can fix it and bring it back for an alignment for the next year and don't have to pay anymore money. This has saved me a bunch of money over the years. The potholes around here are so bad I have to take it in for an alignment 3 or 4 times a year.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

Damn. After hearing that lazlong, I won't complain about NYs roads. Lol.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

re: Moog. other than having a lifetime warranty, and being serviceable (greasable?) are they better quality than OEM?
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

^^ Yes. They are more robust. A side-by-side comparison will instantly show the difference.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

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^^ Yes. They are more robust. A side-by-side comparison will instantly show the difference.
Definitely. Their sway bar links are also beefier. Plus, the Moog TREs, should have a grease fitting for service.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

MELJ, would changing the sway bar link to a moog make a difference in performance? if so, how?
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

My car didn't really "wobble" like it did when I took turns like it did when mine broke. Plus, the car was quiet again because it wasn't knocking against the car anymore. You might notice a slight increase in handling, but it's nothing to write home about. I'd still say if you haven't changed them, it wouldn't hurt anything I guess.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

it will not give any better performance than the stock links. however the moog parts are much stronger and less prone to breaking.
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Re: replace tie rod end or others parts i might need?

moog is just better overall. But there's probably bigger problems if the car doesn't drive straight after the accident.
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