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Mustang gt bent tie rod? take in or do it yourself?

I have a 98 mustang gt. today i got it stuck in my yard in the snow, pulled it out but the tow rope slipped off and bent my left side outer tie rod way out of wack! should i just take it in? how much is this going to cost me?

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replace it your self not a hard job. mark where old one was get it close. then go have a front end allignment

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Havent done it before, does it just unscrew?
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Havent done it before, does it just unscrew?
usually tie rod unscrews (after lock nut loosened) from steering rack (it could have reverse or left handed threads).

Then the tie rod end ( the ball end ) needs you remove the castle nut, then remove end from steering arm - theres a possible trick; it may simply pop out with a little persuasion or you may have to use the right size fork to separate. Beat on it at your own risk.
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That's pretty much it. You shouldn't use a fork though, 99% of the time one solid hit with a mallet on the spindle will get it free and not damage anything. Though the only thing the fork will damage is the tie rod and that's already screwed. Like 05horse said, you'll need an alignment afterward, make sure it didn't damage the rack, that happens sometimes.

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Are you sure your inner tie isn't bent?

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sorry yes it is the inner tie rod! got it replaced turns out the rack is screwed up and it now has a power steering leak!
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That sucks, sounds like you may need a new rack. There's a place in Gainesville, Florida called Raxles, they build stronger ones for a good price, I think the owner's name is Marty, might be worth making a call and seeing what they charge.

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sorry yes it is the inner tie rod! got it replaced turns out the rack is screwed up and it now has a power steering leak!
A rack job can be expensive if you don't know how to do it yourself.

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