Clunk and/or Rattle Due to Worn Inner Tire Rod Ends on Ford Escort

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 145,000 (145,000–145,000)
4 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
10 people reported this problem
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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.