Q: Do I need a new outer tie rod?

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MV inspection station said I needed a new outer tie rod. My car drives perfectly straight, the steering is rock solid and my tires dont show any sign of uneven ware. I think I am getting a unnecssary repair. What do you think?

My car has 108000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. The inspection station is, or should be, physically checking your steering linkage for excessive play. It could be the outer tie-rod end does have play that exceeds specification. This is something you may not feel when driving your vehicle or see in the tire wear. I recommend having your vehicle’s tie-rod end inspected and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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