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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:50 am

coleafrado wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:42 am
Thanks again for the advice, all. I've been extraordinarily busy with job applications and haven't had time to respond.

It's possible the broken axle is my fault. I remember asking the tow truck driver to put the car into park (rather than neutral) after he lifted it onto his truck. With the control arm being broken, and the car having been deposited nose-first onto a not-quite-level spot at the dealer, it's entirely possible that the weight of the car on the axle (and motor lock) during the tow and drop-off snapped the axle. Lesson learned for me - get to a shop, or at least a parking space, as soon as you hear funny noises from the suspension.

Here's the current service schedule:

- Lower control arm replacement ($325 labor) and parts ($250, could have been $100 aftermarket) (finished - they had to do this in the parking space as suspension was inoperable)
- Driver side axle removal and replacement ($400 labor) and parts ($80, could have been $850 if I went OEM) (waiting on UPS)
- Steering alignment ($150) (waiting on axle)
- Total with tax: ~$1300.

There's a pretty good chance my battery drops a fourth bar in the next month or two, so I'm holding out for the slight possibility I may get a discounted replacement battery. This has been one of the most forthright dealerships I've been to - nothing at all shady about them, IMO. I've had no complains before and I don't see myself complaining about this repair.

My options for "optimizing cost" amount to a potential $150 savings on parts and maybe $200-300 savings on labor, minus $150-200 cost for a tow. AAA only covers tows to repair shops, not between them. It would be nice to have mechanics for $50/hr around here, but that's just not the reality. The best I could have possibly done is maybe $850 total. $500 just isn't possible unless I do the work myself or buy rusty parts from eBay.

Consider that I was variously quoted circa $3500 for struts & axle & control arm replacements and an alignment. (The struts are fine right now, but I'll replace them in a month or so when I have free time.)

Good luck with your adventure. Please keep up informed and feel free to ask questions....

I am sure that some of us will have honest opinions with your repair questions..

coleafrado
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:51 am

The meta-debate is a little unnecessary - take a break, people. No need to break the trend of civility at this point :|

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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:02 am

Oops...can't delete this post.

powersurge: Sorry you feel I'm continuing to "pick apart your posts." I thought this forum was intended as a place for discussion?

I apologize for labeling your post as a "rant." No "game of tennis" at all, nor a "circus." Simply advising coleafrado that he still has options, since he is currently stuck at the dealer to get what he is entitled to: a fair resolution to his situation.

There are different ways of solving disagreements than giving them the "finger" (in my experience, usually done in anger) or driving away. (based on your text, sounded angry to me!)

Some day, he might need the services of his dealership. There are undoubtedly few options for him in the Boulder region.
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:05 am

Car is now fixed and driving. Bill+parts came to about $1100 total - they did a great job.

Driver's side lower control arm and axle replacement plus an alignment sums it up. Lots of tensile damage - control arm ball joint was pulled apart (not fixable) and the axle's bearing box had been pulled apart (internal clip snapped). I'd recommend CARiD for parts although the dealer noted (and I confirmed) that the new axle was marginally shorter than the broken original in its neutral position. Didn't matter particularly much.

As for the creaky MacPherson struts - I'll order them online and have an independent repair shop do the install when I have some free time. If anyone has recommendations in the Boulder area, PM me!

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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:20 am

I'd recommend CARiD for parts although the dealer noted (and I confirmed) that the new axle was marginally shorter than the broken original in its neutral position. Didn't matter particularly much.
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:13 pm

I was able to get an inner tie rod for my 2017 Leaf SV from https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/
I spent hours researching this not sure if I could replace it or not.
The part an exact match from what I took off. Even the grease looked exactly the same. The OEM part I took off had no markings/identifiers on it anywhere I could see. Mine was REALLY bent.
The job took me an hour to do myself. I'm in Denver South.
Took it in for a 4 wheel alignment and the car is now perfect.

Nissan actually shows the part as #48521K but they do NOT sell it. NissanPartsDeal.com showed the same number.

Here is the link to the part:
https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/parts/n ... V;5=30KWH)

I also found Maval® - Remanufactured Manual Rack and Pinion Assembly
https://www.carid.com/2017-nissan-leaf- ... 98093.html

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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:33 am

DnvrMike wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:13 pm
I was able to get an inner tie rod for my 2017 Leaf SV from https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/
I spent hours researching this not sure if I could replace it or not.
The part an exact match from what I took off. Even the grease looked exactly the same. The OEM part I took off had no markings/identifiers on it anywhere I could see. Mine was REALLY bent.
The job took me an hour to do myself. I'm in Denver South.
Took it in for a 4 wheel alignment and the car is now perfect.

Nissan actually shows the part as #48521K but they do NOT sell it. NissanPartsDeal.com showed the same number.

Here is the link to the part:
https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/parts/n ... V;5=30KWH)

I also found Maval® - Remanufactured Manual Rack and Pinion Assembly
https://www.carid.com/2017-nissan-leaf- ... 98093.html
Curious: How did you bend it?
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:47 am

Deep pothole, six or 7 inches deep at about 20mph. New tire, needed shims in the rear. No rim damage thankfully, factory 17" alloys are tough. All fixed.

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