I'm going to piggyback if it's alright on this thread with my questions being there is some relevance here.
...An occasional "pop" or "knock" hailing from the passenger side when I'm turning has prompt me to move on this.
There is some movement in the 9/3 o'clock position -- on both sides -- with the only thing appearing to move being the tie rod connection leading to the steering rack, so I thought I'd replace both the inner and outer tie rods. The car has over 142,000 miles, so they are likely in need of replacement.
I'm also going to replace the lower control arm on the right side.
Okay, the inevitable questions: Keep in mind that other than yours truly occasionally pushing it on a bank or curve, it's a daily driver. I'm not racing it or pushing it daily, in other words.
1) Before pulling the trigger at Parts Geek or RockAuto, etc, what are the brands TO DEFINITELY stay away from? I assume the following are okay for a daily driver? Motorcraft, Moog, AC Delco, and TRW. There are other rods made by Mevotech, Dorman, and MAS, but their lower prices scare me. One generally gets what they pay for, in other words.
2) I haven't gotten in there yet, but what's the deal with the rivet used in the inner tie rod? Do all replacements utilize them? Do you thread the inner tie rod as far as it goes, and it just slips in? If it needs to be pressed in, how does one do that?
3) It will definitely need an alignment after I'm done anyway, but what is the best way in dealing with the camber bolt that secures the lower control arm to the frame ? Assuming the new lower control arm is close to the one it is replacing, should I just tighten it down where the old one was (I'm going to paint the area of the outside notched washer btw)? It's slotted, thus my question.
4) The bushings for the strut at the sub frame might need replacement also. If I understood the other thread, these are no longer produced, so what's the consensus on the next best alternative? Is there a "go-to" brand for the daily driver?
5) Will it require an alignment AGAIN if I do the strut bushings on a different/separate day?
Thanks a lot, guys, and I have not forgotten your advice on tightening everything down with the car sitting as it normally would.