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^+1. Good to know about the key turned "on".
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Plus...... if you have wear on your tires, your alignment is NOT good. Take it to a shop and have them check it. Most shops(here in NJ) charge something like $35 to test the alignment and if it's out thy will do the alignment and not charge you the testing fee.

And I know I've said this many times on this forum before but, appears fine are ARE fine are two completely different things. It's all in the manner in how you test them to make certian they are in servicable condition.

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ah turn the key to on or run? because i had my key in off position.

and they appeared fine is why i said with perfect i was not aware of my wear till this afternoon.

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Yes, turn the key one or two clicks and confirm you can turn the steering wheel freely with the wheels in the air. Otherwise the steering is locked and you might be feeling the small amount of play between the lock teeth. You will be able to turn the wheel if you push hard enough (the steering wheel will turn), but what you are looking for is slop that occurs without the steering wheel moving. If you want you can have a helper hold the steering wheel rigidly in place.
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Yes, turn the key one or two clicks and confirm you can turn the steering wheel freely with the wheels in the air. Otherwise the steering is locked and you might be feeling the small amount of play between the lock teeth. You will be able to turn the wheel if you push hard enough (the steering wheel will turn), but what you are looking for is slop that occurs without the steering wheel moving. If you want you can have a helper hold the steering wheel rigidly in place.
It was the freeplay so the tie rods appear well the steering wheel moved with enough pressure between the freeplay. so the only other logical thing i can think of is rack and pinion and/ or the attached steering column components or the alignment of the toe. other than that i am not sure what else could cause the slight hairline move of the wheel to cause such dramatic veer unless that is a Taurus signature at 65 mph

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The steering response is affected by toe. If the toe is set to zero or out slightly, the car will have a quick initial steering response and a tendency to wander more especially on grooved surfaces. Normally cars have a slight amount of toe in to prevent excessive wandering. I think this is what you're describing (wandering, not veer).

Leave your tires at 30-32 psi. More will cause excessive center wear. Make sure you are checking them cold.

Just to be clear, straight tracking ≠ good alignment. Alignment has to be checked on a rack before you can call it good. So at this point I really think you should have a 4 wheel alignment check performed. If you want you can post the alignment printout so we can look at your numbers.
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I actually plan to check my alignment tomorrow at a rough estimate if i can and my certain place still provides the free alignment check. just to make sure but I'm sure that, at this point, my alignments camber, for certain, must be out if it is wearing the way it is. Other than that, i will post my alignment specs as soon as I get them done and to an internet connection in which i can scan them into the computer. But as of tonight, I'm calling it a night (not only that its 10.42pm everything is closed).

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scheduled a alignment check and vehicle check at Goodyear for tomorrow morning printout will be displayed as of tomorrow afternoon more than likely.

Until the specs arise,

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The outside tire edge wear can also be caued by the Toe being out of spec. (it is really feathering but having multiple problems can mask the feather to look more like positive camber)

Unless you have damage suspension components (hitting a curb) then usualy the Taurus will have negative camber from the factory and as the springs wear out the negative camber increases. So having positive camber mean something is really messed up/ worn out.

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So here are the specs they gave me. they did not give me an alignment report but they told me that i needed alignment along with other parts.

I also need step by step directions on changing both of those parts correctly. I also appreciate everyone's help on this. Thank you.
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I also need step by step directions on changing both of those parts correctly. I also appreciate everyone's help on this. Thank you.
Search the site and YT for how-to videos. If you want detailed factory instructions, buy an Alldata DIY subscription for your car. If you have a question or problem with a specific step, start a new topic. Changing ball joints and inner tie rods do take some experience and special tools, so you should consider having a shop do them for you.
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