Very unhappy with my $14,000 lawn ornament! Have the upgraded 17" rims, now I've got to replace the ball joints/tie rods at 35,000 miles. Was quoted well over a grand for this. There's a lot of play when you grab the wheels and move them when parked, it also is very loud and clunky in the front end. I know how to replace ball joints, but how do you go about replacing the tie rods?? Also, like another put new tires on it and ESP/BAS sensor came on a bit after. Was told that I'd need a new computer quoted $1,400. Wow, this is a lot to put into a vehicle (already have had 2 sensors replaced-$700). Thanks for any help!
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2007 Jeep Compass
Question: Tie Rods and Ball Joints. DIY replacemnt help.
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 04, 2011, 20:34Master
Wow sorry that has been so costly. To separate the tie rod ends you have to hit the tie rod end to steering knuckle with a hammer to shock the taper joint fit if you haven't seen it done before you may cause damage if you try it yourself. Some people use a pickle fork but that destroys the tie rod end. Maybe look on youtube for "separate tie rod end" I have found loads of interesting video clips there. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online