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The other day I brought my car to a shop for an alignment and discovered a torn boot on a cv shaft,drivers side. Because of its age,I decided to change the whole shaft. Then it was aligned.A couple of days later,I noticed a pull to the right. I returned to the shop and they told me I had bad tie rods and thats why I was pulling,also causing torque steer.I originally had a little torque steer but now it was worse. Does anybody know if the new cv shaft could cause the pull to the right or is this just an alignment problem?
 

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The shop you go to sucks. They should have noted the bad tie rod ends while doing the alignment or before it and stopped right there.

How many miles are on the car? How old are the tir rod ends (and I'm assuming outer tie rod ends).
 

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I agree that they should have examined the front end before they performed an alignment. I believe his answer was "you don't know if it will hold until you do it". Anyway,the car has 140,000 miles on it and I bought it at 60,000 so I don't know if anything was ever done before I bought it.
The cv shaft was designed for an escort with abs. Thats why I wondered if it might be responsible for the pull to the right. I'm going to another shop today for another opinion.
 

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The mechanic I went to yesterday told me my tie rods are fine and That I should go to another alignment shop. So many crooks,so little time.
Now to find an honest shop. Probably a major project.
The saga continues today.
 

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I decided to rotate tires before I did an alignment and now the car does not pull anymore. To me that seems to mean that the tires which are not on the front anymore are abnormally worn from the the way the car drove before the alignment. Any other thoughts?
 

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You seem to have found your problem. If the last alignment was done properly you shouldn't need another. This time, get the readings before and after it's done.

Note that the half shafts designed for ABS simply have a cogged ring pressed onto the outer CV joint. Everything else is the same. But the half shafts are different lengths for an AT vs. a standard transmission.

Tie rod ends do wear out at about 150K miles, but you don't need a mechanic to tell you that. First indication is a little looseness in the steering wheel, or the steering wheel is no longer centered when driving straight ahead.

Second indication is when you turn the wheel all the way to the right to expose the driver's side tie rod end. Grab the tie rod end and try to wiggle it. If it feels at all loose, or the boot is torn, then you need to replace that side. You don't have to replace them in pairs.
 
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