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Tie rod question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by opfor2, Nov 1, 2002.

  1. opfor2

    opfor2 1/2 ton status

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    How do you tell if your tie rods need to be replaced ?

    I have a stock 1990 K5 Blazer 4x4.

    Thanks

    Dan..
     
  2. ColAdo82K5

    ColAdo82K5 1/2 ton status

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    Dan,
    Welcome to the CK5 family. To see about those tie rods are fairly simple. Just grab them and see if you get any play in them. If you can get them to move around a little too much imagine what a 5000+ lbs truck can do. Check out those rubber boots on them....if they still exist. Make sure they are sealed well and holding in grease. If you take a peek in there and everythign is dry..it might mean that they have been runnign with out grease for a long time. =no good. To make sure they are bad go to any Dobbs Auto place...they will fail any part even if it's brand new.
    You can replace them your self and do your own alignment right in your driveway. This topic was just covered...do a serach of the last few days on how to align a straight axle vehicle.
    Blake
     
  3. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Look at each tie rod end while someone moves the steering wheel from side to side. If the body of a tie rod end starts to move before the stud end of it does, then it's worn. Both parts of it should move in unison. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  4. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    If you end up replacing your TREs I highly recommend you buy Moog replacements.....

    While you're under the truck make sure you check out the ends on your draglink. The same issues apply to them.
     

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