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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jplagg, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. jplagg

    jplagg Registered Member

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    I was pulling out of the garage when i noticed the front drivers wheel not working right. so i checked it andthis thing was not connected. How hard/easy to fix is this and what has to be done? you can see pics here.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/jplagg87
    its in the truck pics.

    thanks
    josh

    1987 GMC High Sierra 2500 4x4
     
  2. nofeartruckin00

    nofeartruckin00 1/2 ton status

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    Looks like a busted tie-rod end. Usually they unthread, but all that rust aint gonna make it easier.

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  3. Burbinator

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  4. Tatman

    Tatman Registered Member

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    Definitely a busted tie rod end. Good thing you weren't going down the road when it went. Nothing some WD40 and a BFH can't help you fix. And once you get the new one in I'd recommend having your front end aligned. And they can tell you how the rest of your components are doing and what needs replaced.

    Brian
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  5. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    Man that's a lot of rust.[​IMG] Maybe you should grease all those grease zerks avery once in a while.[​IMG] But it shouldn't be to bad changeing the tie rod end. Might as well do it all at once. Drag link ends, tie rod ends.

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  6. jplagg

    jplagg Registered Member

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    cool - thanks for the info. i've been meaning to get it greased up but havent done so. i guess now is a perfrect time :)

    thanks again
    josh

    1987 GMC High Sierra 2500 4x4
     
  7. Esteban86K5

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    Well i gues in this case, "better late than never" doesn't apply.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  8. kumma

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    I figured it had to be a michigan truck with all that rust on it. thats one of the few axles i've seen that looks worse than mine. don't worry though its an easy fix. better check out everything including ball joints as well.
    Craig

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  9. HarryH3

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    Wow! That end looks like it just fell apart. It must have been VERY loose before it failed. Were you having a hard time keeping the truck in one lane? I can't imagine that it was easy to drive with it that badly worn. Thank your lucky stars that it didn't separate while you were blasting down the freeway at 70 mph! [​IMG]

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  10. K10ANDYKHAMNIC

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    broken tie rod end ball joint , doh ...

    WHATS WRONG WITH A 305 ?
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  11. Dip Stick

    Dip Stick Registered Member

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    Damn, and I thought my truck had alot of rust on it. I feel much better now, thanks. 8P

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  12. Blazer_Boy

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    Don't forget LFH in addition to WD40 and BFH. Whats LFH you say? Well, Lotta Freakin' Heat. I know everyone doesn't have access to a cutting torch but heating things up cause the metal to expand and come off like cake. You just gotta know where to put the heat so you don't weaken anything.

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    ever heard of vehicle maintainance?
    good grief ive never seen that much rust.

    would you mind un-wedging your fullsize from between those trees? your blocking the trail.
     
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    your lucky it fell of in the driveway. Had one fall off on somebody else's car while I was driving it turned right in to a parking lot and fell off. 5 mph and the steering wouldn't respond
     
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    That's why I love AZ...my '82 and my '91 still have paint on all of the undercarriage that originally had paint! No rust on my trucks!

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