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So my 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude has a loose tie rod and sway bar. Because of the design of the Jeep, the dealer said I can't just replace the tie rod. You actually have to replace the entire steering column too as it's all one part. Ultimately the dealer said it will be over $2200 ($900 part, +labor, +alignment), which is not ideal considering the car is only 3 years old.. Also took it to a mechanic in town and he quoted $1800. But he suggested selling it, and buying something else because he is fixing Renegades more than any other newer car. Anyone else have this issue? I love my Renegade, but it definitely wasn't made for the long haul.
 

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So my 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude has a loose tie rod and sway bar. Because of the design of the Jeep, the dealer said I can't just replace the tie rod. You actually have to replace the entire steering column too as it's all one part. Ultimately the dealer said it will be over $2200 ($900 part, +labor, +alignment), which is not ideal considering the car is only 3 years old.. Also took it to a mechanic in town and he quoted $1800. But he suggested selling it, and buying something else because he is fixing Renegades more than any other newer car. Anyone else have this issue? I love my Renegade, but it definitely wasn't made for the long haul.
Not sure why they said the tie rods can not be replaced. Replacement tie rod ends are available for the Renegade everywhere. Did the dealer determine your rack and pinion assembly was damaged/defective as well? If not the tie rod's can be replaced alone and for substantially less. I'd also inquire further about what exactly is wrong with the sway bar. I don't like that that the sway bar bushings are basically non serviceable on the Renegade and when they go bad, dealers are replacing the whole sway bar assembly. Unless the bushings are bad (they should last more than 3 years unless you're doing some extreme off road) or the sway bar somehow got bent it shouldn't need replacing. I'd be asking more questions.
 

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I haven't had any problems with my Renegade's sway bar. It is usually the sway bar end links that start to make noise.
BUT, if I were to replace them (end links), I would pick up a set at my local parts store that had a warranty on their sway bar end links, and go with those.
 

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Not sure why they said the tie rods can not be replaced. Replacement tie rod ends are available for the Renegade everywhere. Did the dealer determine your rack and pinion assembly was damaged/defective as well? If not the tie rod's can be replaced alone and for substantially less. I'd also inquire further about what exactly is wrong with the sway bar. I don't like that that the sway bar bushings are basically non serviceable on the Renegade and when they go bad, dealers are replacing the whole sway bar assembly. Unless the bushings are bad (they should last more than 3 years unless you're doing some extreme off road) or the sway bar somehow got bent it shouldn't need replacing. I'd be asking more questions.
Not sure why they said the tie rods can not be replaced. Replacement tie rod ends are available for the Renegade everywhere. Did the dealer determine your rack and pinion assembly was damaged/defective as well? If not the tie rod's can be replaced alone and for substantially less. I'd also inquire further about what exactly is wrong with the sway bar. I don't like that that the sway bar bushings are basically non serviceable on the Renegade and when they go bad, dealers are replacing the whole sway bar assembly. Unless the bushings are bad (they should last more than 3 years unless you're doing some extreme off road) or the sway bar somehow got bent it shouldn't need replacing. I'd be asking more questions.
So through further digging I found out that the entire Gear Assembly/ Gear Rack and Pinion have to be replaced when the inner tie rod end becomes loose... seems like a terrible design to me since the only issue is the inner tie rod. That is the Mopar part that cost $865. Ugh.
 

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So through further digging I found out that the entire Gear Assembly/ Gear Rack and Pinion have to be replaced when the inner tie rod end becomes loose... seems like a terrible design to me since the only issue is the inner tie rod. That is the Mopar part that cost $865. Ugh.
I have received that information from a dealership, as well as a independent mechanic. Do you think they are incorrect? I don't know the parts well enough so it's hard for me to argue.
 

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I have two 'amateur auto mechanic' ideas of what might be going on.
  1. Jeep service is not allowed to replace tie rod ends so they can only recommend replacing the whole assembly that gets shipped to them in a crate. or
  2. Somehow there is damage to the portion of the steering rack where the tie rods attach. I can't picture that happening, but not really my area of expertise.
If it were me, I'd ask them to show me exactly what is wrong and why specific parts need to be replaced. I might even take it to a Midas/Meineke kind of place to see what they say.
 

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That story makes more sense than outer tie rods. If the inners are not serviceable aside from complete rack replacement, then yes, that's a big job and an expensive component.
 

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So through further digging I found out that the entire Gear Assembly/ Gear Rack and Pinion have to be replaced when the inner tie rod end becomes loose... seems like a terrible design to me since the only issue is the inner tie rod. That is the Mopar part that cost $865. Ugh.
Interesting as I see an inner tie rod listed on rock auto even though not my first brand choice it is 25 dollars ... they must be replaceable somehow
 

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I've seen the inner tie rod listed as a replaceable part as well. I'm not sure how this comes "loose" but nonetheless I suspect Jeep dealer knows its much simpler and profitable to remove and replace the whole assembly than to tear down and rebuild. As others have suggested, I would keep looking for a shop that can service the assembly as it should save some money in the end.
 

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Looking online, I'm not sure I'm seeing a Mopar inner tierod for our trucks. This may be why the dealer cannot perform this repair (they won't or can't use outside parts sources), and must replace the whole rack.

If inners are available in the aftermarket, and no special tools are required, this may be a job for a qualified independent shop.
 

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Thank you everyone. I really appreciate the feedback and idea. Does anyone have an aftermarket brands that you have used or trust? I saw Mevotech has some good reviews on Tie Rod Ends.
 

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Thank you everyone. I really appreciate the feedback and idea. Does anyone have an aftermarket brands that you have used or trust? I saw Mevotech has some good reviews on Tie Rod Ends.
I'm not sure about tie rod ends but I did not care for the Mevotech sway bar links. I found the metal to be soft and prone to stripping. I sent them back and got Moog which I've been happy with so far. I've found Moog to be a decent brand with parts I've used on other vehicles. Just my opinion...
 

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I'm not sure about tie rod ends but I did not care for the Mevotech sway bar links. I found the metal to be soft and prone to stripping. I sent them back and got Moog which I've been happy with so far. I've found Moog to be a decent brand with parts I've used on other vehicles. Just my opinion...
Yeah I tried to find MOOG, but they only make the outer Tie Rod ends it looks like. Mevotech seems to be the only decent not OEM brand I can find that sells just the inner tie rod end.
 

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Yeah I tried to find MOOG, but they only make the outer Tie Rod ends it looks like. Mevotech seems to be the only decent not OEM brand I can find that sells just the inner tie rod end.

Hello having same issue with my 2017 renegade sport. Did you have luck replacing with a non dealership inner tire rod? If so what do you recommend and how was the labor.
 

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This was an issue on other FCA models (Brera/159) where FCA dealers would only replace the whole steering rack.

Definitely a good mechanic will be able to replace the rod ends.
 

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I just want to make sure as I order parts they arent going to get in there and jeep has it impossible to do inner without unneeded.
 

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Any recommendations on best sites or brands to use?
I actually ended up just going with a nearby mechanic for $1,800 unfortunately. It was a couple hundred $ cheaper than the dealership but not ideal at all. I wanted to use aftermarket inner tie rods, but my mechanic completely recommended against it because he didn't see any as a trustworthy brand for more than a year, and it was still going to be $900 for parts and labor. Considering it is such an important part, that's why I went with the full OEM rack & pinion replacement.

I do still have my old rack and pinion. The left inner tie rod is the loose one, however the right is still intact. I was going to keep it in case I had the issue come up again in the future, but if you want I could sell/ ship it to you so you could try an use the right inner tie rod. The new part is $900ish as I am sure you have discovered, so just wanted to offer that up in case you think it would help you out.
 

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My 2015 with only 50,000 miles needs inner tie rod replacements. And, yes, I was told by my mechanic that the entire rack and pinion was the only parts option available. So I'm looking at about $2000. Wasn't going to trade yet, but am thinking it is not worth the cost vs book value. Has anyone found a cheaper option? My mechanic told me I need to call Detroit???? Help?
 

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Looks like an entirely conventional tie rod. I'd do both sides, inner and outer, so $100 in tie rods, $38 for the tool at Harbor Freight. I did that job on my Ranger pickup recently, it was not too difficult - the worst part is getting the boots clamped back up. I've used Mevotech without issues before.

Note that I don't see a boot sold at RockAuto, and you cannot re-use a damaged boot.

Unless you are very careful you'll need an alignment to set the toe afterwards.
 
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