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Old 10-30-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Excessive tie rod end wear

Early in 2015 I installed new A/C Delco tie rod ends. Last week I noticed one was very worn. I could lift the rod up and down there was so much slop in the ball. With the rod end I can move the ball around and lift it etc and its super lose in the rod.
What causes such excessive wear?

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Default Re: Excessive tie rod end wear

Good Question since you recently replaced it. Possible reason:

Poor quality part to begin with that was not properly pre-lubed at the factory.
I don't think AC Delco uses zerk fittings on their tie rods. For that reason, I always try and use one that does.

Any warranty left on those tie rods? Even if it's expired, I'd lodge a complaint with your supplier.

Others will have some thoughts as well.

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