How to tell if a tie rod is bad.
This video explains how to diagnose if a tie rod is bad. I found that after I changed my brakes I still had some shuttering while braking. It turned out to be loose tie rods and ball joints.
The best way to figure out if this is your problem is to crawl underneath the car and start yanking and prying on stuff to see if it moves.
How to Install Tie Rod Ends - AutoZone Car Care
In the fifth installment of the AutoZone Complete Car Care - Rack and Pinion Series, Bruce Bonebrake shows how to install tie rod ends.
Get everything you need to do the job right at http://www.autozone.com
Struts can sometimes be a little scary. That is unless you have the right equipment. They are really pretty simple for the most part. However be sure to use a spring compressor. Here is an example on a Honda. Other vehicles will be basically the same
Front Alignment Check
Update. The question comes up about the caliper I use.. its a cheap plastic one like this. http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-utility-caliper-7914.html I have a nice digital one too, but the cheap one works fine.
How to check and adjust your front toe alignment on a mitubishi evo 8. The evo has an equal front and rear track which makes this an easy process. Save yourself $100 and do this at home every 6 months. Driving can cause your alignment to go out every once in a while. A poor alignment, especially toe thats far from zero, will chew up your expensive tires quick. And if you track your car, you'll get better performance by setting an agressive alignment. Knowing how to adjust your own alignment means you can set it back to "normal" for everyday driving.
Rack & Pinion R&R
Rack & Pinion steering gears look like they are really hard to replace. Sure, some are more difficult than others. But many are not that bad. The Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, & Mazda Tribute are all the same vehicle and have the same steering system. Here is how to replace it.
F150 Squeaky Ball Joint Replacement
Thanks for watching! Please rate, comment & subscribe. This is video of a 2000 Ford F150 4x4 with very noisy ball joints. I show how to replace the front lower ball joints and the front upper control arms.
How To Replace CV Boots - EricTheCarGuy
How To Replace CV Boots - EricTheCarGuy
This one is a request from more than one person so I'm happy to bring it to you. As I said in the video I personally don't see much point of replacing just the CV boots anymore as it just makes more sense to replace the axle, that's just how I feel however. If you do want to replace the boots I hope this video will help.
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Nissan CV axle or halfshaft replacement on the passenger side.
I replace a CV axle or halfshaft on the passenger side of a 1999 Nissan Altima.
Replacement of the CV axle went pretty smoothly. First of all getting the nut off of the axle is usually kind of tricky but if you have a cheater pipe for your ratchet or some impacts it's not too bad. I figured out that if you break the nut loose before you take the tire off it works really good. I usually just stand on the end of my cheater pipe until it breaks loose. Then getting the tie rod end off can be tricky too. However I have a special tie rod end puller and a pickle fork that can be used to do that job. I prefer to use the puller though because the pickle fork damages the boot on the tie rod end. Both tools can be purchased at Auto Zone, O'reilly's or Advance Auto for about 15 dollars a peice.
This Nissan CV axle on the passenger side is kind of different because it has what they call a carrier bearing. I guess since it's so long they had to put a bearing in the middle of it too. It's not bad though, it's only held on by 3 little bolts. Since it has the carrier bearing the CV axle doesn't snap into the transmission like most other cars. After the carrier bearing has been removed it slides in and out really easily.
Sometimes when you take the CV axle out some transmission fluid spills on the floor. This was not the case today since I had the car jacked up so high. When I was done I went ahead and checked the transmission fluid anyway.