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#817926 - Fri Jan 20 2012 01:16 AM tie rods  
rickyt  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 192
mississauga, ontario, canada
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


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#817934 - Fri Jan 20 2012 01:30 AM Re: tie rods [Re: rickyt]  
SWEET  Offline
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Fredericksburg, VA
That depends.

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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#818128 - Fri Jan 20 2012 09:05 PM Re: tie rods [Re: SWEET]  
rickyt  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 192
mississauga, ontario, canada
The ball stays still but the rod and ends can move forward or back. Nothing is coming unscrewed. I was just worried this bagginess might make the end pop off the ball.
Rick


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#818146 - Fri Jan 20 2012 10:09 PM Re: tie rods [Re: rickyt]  
Wrenchbender Ret.  Offline
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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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#820568 - Sat Jan 28 2012 09:09 PM Re: tie rods [Re: Wrenchbender Ret.]  
rickyt  Offline
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mississauga, ontario, canada
Thanks guys, did all of the above and everything seems tight. Thanks
Rick


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