Hi I have 1958 long box. If I go under my truck and grab the bar that runs from 1 tie rod end to the other, I can turn that rod a good half of an inch front and back. Is that normal? Should there be so much play in this rod Thanks Rick
Rick 58 3600 4 on the floor
Registered: Tue Aug 31 2004 12:00 PM
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
Crawl under the truck and turn the rod again. If the 1/2 of rotation is the end rotating on the ball of the steering arm, that is normal. If it is actually unscrewing then the bolts need tightened after the alignment is correct.
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Registered: Sun Jun 20 2004 12:00 PM
Loc: Lenexa Ks.
That is normal. With the weight off the front axle grab the right front horozontily. Push & pull. If there is any play get someone to do it for you & see if the play is in the tie rod ends. There should be none. Grab the tie rod ends & pull up & down. There should be no play there either. If thats OK then you have nothing to worry about as far as tie rod ends are concerned. Its a good idea to change them over to the new style if you want to work on something & spend some money. Other wise they will be OK.
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