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Old 06-29-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Steering gear

So I figured out my steering gear is going bad, I plan on doing my own work but just for grins. Called local shop and they want 700+ for part/labor/alignment
. Is it me or is that a pretty steep price considering I can buy the steering gear for 160, with a 90 core charge. And the price of an alignment around me is about 95-110. So I find myself paying them almost 500$ for labor. Basically what I'm asking is it difficult to change the steering gear?
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No.
But while you're at it, you may as well replace both inner and outer tie rods and the steering rack bushings.
For $700 you could buy ALL brand new front end parts, install them yourself, and get an alignment... with money to spare.
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I'm in the process of changing it all out now, no way I'm paying someone that much. Replacing all tie rods, bushings,etc. btw I should expect alignment to be completely jacked up until I get it aligned correct? Lol
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When you take it apart, count how many turns that the outer tie rod is screwed onto the inner tie rod and try to put each side back the way that it was originally. Hopefully, you'll get it close enough to drive it to the alignment shop.
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Perfect, finished it up and it'll be good enough to get me to the shop, appreciate the help. Also I'm getting new front tires tommorow, should I get tires before or after alignment or does it even matter?
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Awesome!

Put the tires on right before it goes on the alignment rack. That way you're starting off with it aligned on tires with an even tread.
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