Replace tirod ends. on a 1996 tahoe
If they are bad, you can replace them or have a shop replace them that does alignments, and get it done all at once. Have them also check the idler gear for wear also. The tie rod ends will cause your Tahoe to go out of alignment, wear your tires, and be unsafe steering on the highway. Is that what the question is?
If that was the question, see my answer above. If you remove and or replace any of the steering geometry, it throws off your alignment. If you go to your search engine and type in tie rod you should find information on how to test it to see if it is worn, and how to change it.
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