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sara fredrickson

sara ... 6/30/2019

2012 Ford Fusion SEL 4 Cyl 2.50L

Preventive Maintenance

how do I know if the tie rod ends are bad?

I was told by the ford dealership that my tie rod ends are bad on the passenger side front? I have service records showing they were replaced only a year ago with new ones. Ford dealership rejected my state inspection for this reason and also stated I needed a new LED Brake light assembly. I had the Brake lights checked out right after and they are working correctly as they should. Ford quoted me 637.00 to fix these issues, But all the repairs that we have done has been to the passenger side front everything part under that side is new within the last year, so how could the car have failed an inspection.

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Jimm

Jimm 7/4/2019

Avoid the dealerships in general for repairs - simply and precisely because of the experience(s) you have described. Why would a state certified inspection service at a major dealership not be able to accurately diagnose and repair?

Recommend that you obtain at least 2 and 3 written estimates of the needed repairs from trusted local, independent repair shops.

Use these resources to locate; word-of-mouth recommendations, www.bbb.org, www.autoMD.com and the 'Find A Shop' feature.

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Jimm

Jimm 7/4/2019

Avoid the dealerships in general for repairs - simply and precisely because of the experience(s) you have described. Why would a state certified inspection service at a major dealership not be able to accurately diagnose and repair?

You (anyone) can learn to test and visually inspect the tie-rod ends for wear and integrity; use a repair manual and / or utilize the website; www.autoMD.com and the 'How-To-Guides' feature.

Recommend that you obtain at least 2 and 3 written estimates of the needed repairs from trusted local, independent repair shops.

Use these resources to locate; word-of-mouth recommendations, www.bbb.org, www.autoMD.com and the 'Find A Shop' feature.

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