Tie Rod for the Windstar?

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MRBIGGLESWORTH
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  • FORD WINDSTAR
I have a 98 ford Windstar, 3.8 liter. It has about 120,000 miles. The van started vearing to the left. The next day, I heard a slight popping noise when I made turns. I checked the steering and suspension. The 'tie rods' were the problem. When I tried to purchase the tie rod online, I could only find the 'tie rod end'. This is not what I need. Is there another term for the tie rod? Thanks.
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Saturday, October 20th, 2007 AT 2:28 AM

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Tiny
PSTRBRC
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The parts for this steering gear are simply an inner tie rod end and an outer tie rod end. There's nothing between them, they make up the whole tie rod. If it's the inner tie rod end that needs to be replaced, you'll probably need a special tool to remove this. My local auto parts store ordered me one for about $100. Worth every penny!
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Friday, November 9th, 2007 AT 9:00 AM
Tiny
MRTANGOGUY
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Inner tie rods are also called inner sockets :)
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Monday, December 3rd, 2007 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
MRTANGOGUY
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The vearing can also be a bad tire (seperating) :)
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Monday, December 3rd, 2007 AT 12:38 AM
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It's not that hard to get it off, I turned the steering wheel to get to the nut(there are two diffferent size nuts) but I used a small pipe wrench and turned the nut. The pin is a break away pin, as there was no way to get mine out. Auto Zone has a tool (it's call a 2 in one inner tie rod too, l you can rent this tool for about 35, I rented this tool but I found it was just as easy to do it with a small pipe wrench and channel lock pliers. I rented this tool to install the inner tie rod, I could not use this tool to remove the old tie rod as it was bent, and there was no way to get the tool over the tie rod unless you cut it.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 7:42 PM

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