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Tie Rods Worn?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87K54WD, Apr 25, 2001.

  1. 87K54WD

    87K54WD 1/2 ton status

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    The tie rod on the driver's side is tilted down, while the passenger side is seems even and horizontal. Is the driver's side worn out? I can see where grease is coming out only on one side (the opposite side where the bend is). I was told that was normal and how the system works but it just doesn't seem right. Looks like the tie rod might bend in two. Should it be horizontal like the passenger side. If so, could I just turn the tie rod bar itself where it is threaded on the driver's side to make it become horizontal? TIA
     
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    Watch the tie rod end while someone turns the steering wheel back and forth. If the wear is excessive you will see the slop.
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    Sounds to me like you might need to loosen your tie rod adjuster and tilt the tie rod joint down. If your really not sure have a tire shop look at it. I'd run it until you know it's bad anyways unless you were getting new tires.
     
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    Wait....clear this up. Does the rod come out of one end and drop down about a inch then go into the straight section and the other side just comes straight out? If so somebody screwed up and put a end from a mid 70's D44 on it. The rod between the wheels should be parallel with the axle tube. If not that's what happend. Somebody got the wrong part on it. The threads are the same so it could happen easily.

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  6. 87K54WD

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    No, the tie rod itself is straight. Everything is original ... no modifications to the truck. I guess I should of said the tie rod joint is bent on the driver's side. However on the pass side it is level and horizontal (zerk is pointing straight down). The driver's side tie rod joint is bent (zerk is pointing at about a 35 to 45 degree angle. I was worried this was a sign it was worn out or about to pop off. Hope this make it clearer. Thanks for the replys!
     
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    ohhh ok I see what your saying. It's really not hurting anything but if it bugs you that much there is a adjustment sleeve on the rod. It has a set of bolts on it that I believe are 5/8's or so. loosen them up and you can twist the two hallves of the rod till they both sit level. Just make sure the sleeve isn't spun or you can change your front end alingnment.

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    actually, I think this may be how it was built. I installed new tie rods back in dec, and from wha tI remember, there were a few differences in the angles of the ends...

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