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Guys,

I decided to change the struts on my 1993 corolla as I was getting a striking sound from the front right going over bumps. I went about this task pretty easily, until the end when something happened to the axle on the left side and the inner boot came open. I found this out when I went to test drive my new struts and couldn't go anywhere. I just finished changing that axle and got the car moving again. However, the play I felt on the left has now moved to the right. I changed both struts. Is there anything I'm overlooking? I know the car needs a tie rod on that side. After removing the spindle to do a wheel bearing a couple of weeks ago, the tie rod just sagged. However, I didn't remove it for this repair, only the ball joint on bottom.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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You most likely need an alignment. Even though you didn't remove all of it (it being the suspenion) you removed enough to possibly throw the alignment off, a bad tie rod will only make that more noticeable
 

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I would tend to agree that it probably doesn't need an alignment, unless it already was off before you replaced the struts.

Can you describe the "play" you are feeling in a little more detail?
 

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The first course of action would be to fix any and all known problems in the front end. Then see how things act.

Aside that, check -

ball joints, should be no play.
Sway bar bushings and those linkages, and of course you already know of a bad tie rod end.

Also, they often mention on here about a bad engine mount on the passenger side causing problems.
 

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I hope you have this fixed by now, but I here's another possible source for the noise - loose center nut on top of the strut (the big one under the hood.
 
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