Does the car pull to one side when braking hard at low speeds? I am trying to remember if I ever replaced a tie rod on an MN12. I think the ball joints go bad first.
My money is on ball joints, probably the lower ones. Depending on the mileage, it might be time to do the whole thing - upper & lower control arms. And while the lowers are off, that is a good time to replace the struts, if they need it.
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