I have a 1997 Taurus. In August, I was told my left tie rod needed to be replaced. So, for $535, I had the work done. Now, six months later, I have been told by the same Ford dealer that both my tie rods need to be replaced for $582. I reminded the dealer that the work was just done on the left tie rod for approximately the same price they were quoting me to do the two tie rods. How often should tie rods need to be replaced? The car has 59,000 miles. Thank you.
Tie rods should generally run the life of the car unless you drive on harsh roads or never lubricate them. And, then only if they're the type that need to be lubricated. However, one year seems to be quite short!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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