I have a 2006 Ford Focus with 130,000 miles on it. I just failed state inspection due to worn out tie rods. When the car was on a lift, I was able to rock the the front wheels left-right and up-down.
It was obvious that the outer tie rods were bad. But How do I know the inner ones are bad? When I rock the wheels, it is obvious the outer ones are bad, but the inner ones are deep inside, so how do I know?
I am planning to do them myself. I have done brake jobs and replaced struts, so I should be able to do them. Since it’s my labor, should I do both inner and outer at the same time? Or should I wait until the inner ones become bad. But it seems like I almost have to take out the outer tie rod to replace the inner tie rod.
What do you suggest?