Imo, you'd either feel some slop in the steering, or perhaps hear some rattling from the suspension. But, if it all feels tight when you grab the front wheel and try to turn it in either direction, then it's probably fine.Hey Guys,
Quick Question... I took my 87 Spider in for some routine maintenance (oil change and lube) and on the mechanics note he remarked that I may need tie rods within the next few months.
Now being the skeptic that I am (seeing as I just took the car to a local lube and service place) I pulled the front wheels and took a look... from visual inspection the tie rods look fine, and their rubber casing is pliable with no rips or tears... Granted there is some play in my steering wheel .. about 1-in' in either direction from center before I feel any resistance when turning at a solid stop, but visually the steering begins to move the wheels from the slightest nudge in either direction.
So my real question is... If I dont notice any shimmy, or strangeness in steering, the car tracks straight when going on a flat road, and all appearances are normal... HOW DO I KNOW IF THE MECHANIC IS TRYING TO RIP ME???
What sort of problems would I feel in the steering if the tie rods were in fact bad or going bad???
Thanks in advance.
Question - did you lift the entire front end, or just one side? I find it useful to jack up one side, so the other side is held in place by the ground. Then you can try to move the wheel, with the other side being held in place. Try it from the other side as well.
How many miles are on the car? Have any joints been replaced? Did you check the inners and the outers?
Sounds like yours are probably ok, for a while anyhow. Make a mental note to check them every spring.
p.s. When it is time to replace them, I strongly recommend doing the entire suspension if the car has some miles on it. For years, I kind of replaced suspension components as they wore out, but then on a recommendation from Paul Glynn, I rebushed an entire suspension and the change was dramatic. Even a good looking bushing or ball joint can have some play in it, and it all adds up. Further, once you've taken apart a corner of the car, you've pretty much eaten up most of the labor to replace all of the joints and bushings in that corner. May as well spring for the parts and do them while it's apart.