Problem Description and Possible Solution
While steering, if you hear a clunk or a rattle, or if you experience premature tire wear, this could indicate the inner tie rod ends are loose or worn and will require replacement.
Average mileage: 145,000 (145,000–145,000)
9 people reported this problem
I had an 86 Mercury Lynx, which was an Escort in disguise.
The dealership used sealed tie rod ends for the warranty repairs, which didn't last.
After the warranty expired, I installed MOOG tie rod ends with grease fittings, and never had another problem until my ex-wife got the are in the divorce.