Please tell me how i can find outer tie rod ends for my 2003 dodge 1500 when the dealership says that style is discontinued and parts store gives my tie rod ends that are 2" too long?

Asked by Apr 11, 2010 at 02:24 AM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4WD Quad Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

At my wits end.  Dealership says part is discontinued and would have to buy whole rack n pinion Went to salvage yard bought R&P assembly installed,  All fit well until i went to put tie rod end bolt into tire side/bracket, tie rod end bolt is WAY to small around so fits very loose in tire side/bracket The assembly from salvage yard has exact same tie rod ends every parts store in the county has tried to sell me. Can anyone please explain to me what the heck is going on? I expected to simply change the tie rod ends out this is insane and money is tight these days. Please help

7 Answers

12,595

generally when some thing like this happens, you have to buy after market style tie rod ends, check out summitracing.com or jegs.com theyd prolly have it.

12,595

summit has the tie rod ends but theyre 54 bucks a piece

the part number Summit shows is entirely different than what everyone else has been trying to sell me. maybe I am getting somewhere now, Thank you

4,005

Has everyone else been showing you a Moog ES3538? I looked this up for you on the Advance Auto Parts website and am wondering if our listings are incorrect as well. I checked the Summit site with same results. Check out your local Advance Store if there is one in you area, otherwise you can order throught the website as well. http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PartSearchCmd?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageId=partTypeList&suggestion=&searchTerm=tie+rod+ends

12,595

each auto parts store will have a different part # for the tie rods.

Im guessing you mistyped, yes everyone has been trying to sell me Moog MOES3538 or auto zone etc. brand is just ES3538. Called mopar today and a differnt dodge dealer had them research with my VIN number they pull up the part # for the rack n pinion i bought at salvage yard and told me that is the rack n pinion it was manufactured with. the rack n pinion on my trk & the one from salvage yard r only differnt part #'s by the last 2 digits. no one i call can figure out which tie rod belongs to the rack n pinion on my truck. The picture on summit website for the Rancho brand is exactly what mine look like Rancho #RAN-RS602614 but summit says pics are generic & not always what the part looks like. The problem with MOES3538 is the female threads are 11/2" too long and would toe tires out 11/2" & male threads that go into the knuckle are at least 1/4" too small in diameter so cannot possibly seat. to make the rack n pinion from salvage yard work and MOES3538 i would have to change out the tire bracket/knuckle which is $350 for each side. Summit or Rancho neither one can give me any kind of measurements on the ran-rs602614

12,595

personally id try the summit brand (hell if they dont work send them back) summits very good about that kind of thing, also look on JEGS i didnt do that summit was higher on my list, the service is better as well as the parts and shipping and what not

Your Answer

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 10,908 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    6,460
  • #2
    pudgybear
    Reputation
    6,260
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    5,700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,317 Great Deals out of 184,577 listings starting at $699
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,113 Great Deals out of 167,056 listings starting at $1,900
Used Dodge Ram 2500
162 Great Deals out of 4,994 listings starting at $2,499
Used GMC Sierra 1500
874 Great Deals out of 65,553 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Tundra
457 Great Deals out of 32,469 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Tacoma
632 Great Deals out of 43,327 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
362 Great Deals out of 44,820 listings starting at $1,799
Used Nissan Titan
210 Great Deals out of 20,028 listings starting at $3,495
Used Dodge Dakota
115 Great Deals out of 3,765 listings starting at $1,700
Used Chevrolet Colorado
279 Great Deals out of 31,635 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Ram 3500
81 Great Deals out of 2,238 listings starting at $3,950
Used Ford Mustang
726 Great Deals out of 38,099 listings starting at $895

Used Cars For Sale

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
64 Great Deals out of 1,433 listings starting at $6,995
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,068 listings starting at $5,995
2008 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,566 listings starting at $3,000
2007 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,366 listings starting at $3,388
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 For Sale
43 Great Deals out of 1,257 listings starting at $2,994

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.