CMF Veteran Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Re: Replacing outer tie rod on 2000 Malibu
Don't go OE tie rods. Moog, TRW, pretty much anything except OE rods.
Do you mean "OE brand" or "ACDelco" by "OE"?
IF the former, ayep.
If the latter - well, MINE lasted almost 300,000 miles factory ... silly me put two more back in with a track record like that!
On the rack bellows - on the Cougar, when I did the inners on it, I replaced the bellows with DuraLast brand bellows, which lasted about a year. Replaced those with Moogs when I did the outers on the Cougar - those lasted two months(!!!) Now have ACDelco on them, but the car's currently sitting (injectors for it just came in), so I only have about 10,000 miles on those.
I'll add that if you're doing the OUTERS, I'd look hard at doing the INNERS at the same time. Would have made my life easier on the Cougar.
335K miles on original motor and tranny (only motor work 2 x LIM replacement), Monroe SensaTrac struts front and back (new at approx. 300K miles), and Alero discs in back. LS fogs added with custom wiring. HID high beams, HIR low and halogen fogs. Raybestos Pro Grade front rotors and Bendix D747 ceramic pads on front.
Addendum: Rest in peace. Surge tank blew, motor overheated, I think she's lived a long and useful life.