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Old 09-06-2007
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is this normal?

thought my front end was making an odd sound. so I went and checked. nothing is loose and I can't replicate the sound so I guess it was nothing. but I noticed the tie rod ends are facing in opposite directions. is this normal, or is there a problem. I don't feel any issues. but it did feel strange in the steering when I drove it for about 60 yards in reverse downhill (hill was at about a 30* angle). here a picture of it. my truck has 52,000 miles on it

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BTW, I know I need to remove rust and paint. and ignore the white walls on the inside. I got the tires for free (brand new). and you can't see the white walls from the outside unless you actually look under my truck
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yeah, that is what mine look like
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U can move that by hand theres nothing wrong its just a ball in a socket like ur arm going into ur shoulder if that makes sense
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Yeah, doesn't matter at all what way they're flopped, as long as they aren't loose (worn out).

Yeah, wow, a lot of surface rust on there! Guess that truck has seen a little salt...

tell us specifics (how, when, what) about the sound and maybe we can help. Or get a buddy to bounce it as you lie under it and listen gto locate where it is coming from.
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Bearing surfaces always have a high stress point. As the metals wear you'll see the parts in thier free state migrating towards a looseness position. (assuming they are lubricated)

Basicly.. as long as they are freely moving.. but not loose. Your fine.

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