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Just now rolling over 100k miles. Been feeling some steering weirdness so I get one front wheel up in the air and push at 3 and 9 and sure enough there's some wobble. Pushing at 12 and 6 gives no play at all.

Although I'll probably be replacing the worn part myself I need some help diagnosing what all might need to be replaced. And since I need an alignment anyway I've made a deal w/ my local Goodyear tire shop to do a pre alignment inspection and identify my bad part(s) so I can replace them before they do the job.

When I drop the car off what specific parts should I ask them to look at? I'm sure tie rod ends but what other kind of worn parts could be causing movement on the 3-9 push test?
 

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From what you describe , does sound like worn tie rod ends .Get them to fully check over steering and front suspension for wear .They should know what to look for without telling .
 

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Thanks for sticking with me for so long RS. Far as the tie rod ends go I'm guessing we're talking about outer TREs? Should I be concerned about the inner TREs as well?

I'm sure the alignment guys know what to look for but just for my own education...I've gotten advice to check TREs, ball joints, control arm bushings and the idler arm as possibilities. Are there any other suspension/steering components that could possibly come into play here?
 
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