smh342
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make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:54 am

struck the curb at low speed and bent the inner tie rod. inner tie rod on the leaf is not replaceable (as it is for most other cars) and requires the replacement of the entire steering rack ($2800 worth of parts and 12 hours of labor). This would have cost a few hundred dollars in any other car but for the leaf is upwards of $3,500. I'd like to know the reason these aren't serviceable. After this experience I'm not surprised the leaf costs so much to insure. I wonder what other minor incidents cost big $'s on the leaf. (don't get me started on the lack of a spare tire and the replacement price for the tire goop)

Durandal
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:56 am

Pulled the trigger on going EV on 10/2016 with a 2012 Leaf SL, traded it in and now I'm a very happy Tesla Model 3 owner.

smh342
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:17 am

thanks for the link. i posted over there (though it's an old topic) to get more information about replacing just the inner tie rod ends. in talking to the service writer the leaf has the only fully electric power steering rack (the others use electric pumps over typical hydraulic steering) which makes me doubt that these really are the same as other nissan cars. clearly someone is remanufacturing them as there's a $200 core charge when you buy the new one but in my area there are few enough of these around to have a reliable source of used / reman. parts. Oh well, really curious if this was an engineering decision driving this or a financial decision.

pardon me while a weep at the cost of this repair...

fixedmyleaf2013
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:04 am

smh342 wrote:thanks for the link. i posted over there (though it's an old topic) to get more information about replacing just the inner tie rod ends. in talking to the service writer the leaf has the only fully electric power steering rack (the others use electric pumps over typical hydraulic steering) which makes me doubt that these really are the same as other nissan cars. clearly someone is remanufacturing them as there's a $200 core charge when you buy the new one but in my area there are few enough of these around to have a reliable source of used / reman. parts. Oh well, really curious if this was an engineering decision driving this or a financial decision.

pardon me while a weep at the cost of this repair...
Hello all!!!

I just wanted to reply to this post by saying that I had hit a pothole a couple of weeks ago and I also bent my front inner tie rod. I was quoted by the dealership at a cost of about $1,380.00 with $300.00 in labor cost.

I stumbled across this forum by accident and I was encouraged to search for a cheaper option. After a lot of searching I have finally found the solution. Any one that encounters this problem in the future can a search on Ebay for "Dorman front inner Tie rod end" or just enter the item number "523-243" hit enter and presto!!! The part fit on my 2013 Nissan Leaf and it works perfectly fine now. It cost me only $30.15 including shipping, labor was $139.00. Personally I would much rather pay $169.15 as opposed to $1,680.00 for my repair. I was so happy that I found that part and took a chance as it says it fits 2011-2012. I can only vouch for the 2013 model year, however, I think its worth a shot for anyone with this problem to try the part out before anything else.

I hope this helps anyone in the future that encounters this problem. Be safe on those roads!!!

MikeyPSF
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:27 pm

To add further clarity, I ordered part BECK/ARNLEY 1017812 from Rockauto, which they list as compatible, but the threads are coarser and the threaded stub of a smaller size. Otherwise they seem almost identical, including the threading in to the outer tie rod. Rockauto also list DORMAN 523243 as an alternate under the 'economy' section. I figured I'd stay clear of the economy section but lesson learned. Clicking on the photos for both on their site you can see that they are almost identical except for the threads going in to the steering rack. I now have the Dorman unit on the way to me. I called around to a dozen places today to see if I could find it in stock in my area (SF Bay region) and not only does nobody have it in stock, most couldn't find the part, even suppliers listed as Dorman distributors on the Dorman site.

Oilpan4
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:31 pm

So I'm also assuming if you go in for alignment and the tie rods are just worn, same thing?

As long as we can get batteries that don't require a mortgage these cars are going to last until they rust out.
In some places like newmexico that's going to take a while.
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MikeyPSF
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:26 am

That's correct. At close to 30k on the odometer my inner tie rod that I just removed had no noticeable play. I'm guessing the outer tie rod will go earlier.

I think you're correct about longevity. My guess is that most people will probably be more tempted by a slightly newer EV with greater range than actually need to replace their Leaf because it's falling apart. It seems like EV technology is increasing at a rate where you'll see more rapid depreciation for EVs only a few years old.

powersurge
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:17 pm

Yes, EVs are currently going the way of the early PCs, where last year's computer became worthless when capacities kept on doubling and doubling... Thankfully, this will not happen for more than one generation of EVs as no one will be crying to get a 400 mile range EV.

Leaf15
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Thu May 09, 2019 7:12 pm

What is interesting about this inner tie-rod - Nissan is actively scanning eBay for this Dorman part and knocks off listing with it referencing Nissan Leaf compatibility. This makes me think they omitted this part on purpose and actually doing everything in their power to keep it this way, so unsuspecting Leaf owners would be forced to spend over $2K for entire steering rack replacement. Shame on Nissan, this is disgusting deeds by them.
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LeftieBiker
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Re: make inner tie rod ends replaceable

Thu May 09, 2019 7:35 pm

Leaf15 wrote:What is interesting about this inner tie-rod - Nissan is actively scanning eBay for this Dorman part and knocks off listing with it referencing Nissan Leaf compatibility. This makes me think they omitted this part on purpose and actually doing everything in their power to keep it this way, so unsuspecting Leaf owners would be forced to spend over $2K for entire steering rack replacement. Shame on Nissan, this is disgusting deeds by them.
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