Re: [DMCForum] Re: Ugh! Whacked a *@$%&% pothole hard.
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Re: [DMCForum] Re: Ugh! Whacked a *@$%&% pothole hard.



For the tie-rods, mine have the nylon nuts on them, and so did my
original tie-rods. Walter and I used a sledge hammer to hold the bottom
of the wheel up while we hit the top of the tie-rod with a hammer. We
had the original tie-rod nut threaded up high enough so we didnt destroy
the end of the tie-rod, just the nut.

Another note, count the number of times it rotates to take the tierod
itself off (has a nut tightening down against it that has to be threaded
away from it) so you dont have to do alignment.

Samuel

Andrew wrote:

>On Mon, 26 Jan 2004, Walter Coe wrote:
>

>
>>>the rack does move, but it's less than I thought.
>>>     
>>>
>>I don't think it should move at all.
>>   
>>
>
>Oh yeah, I agree here.  I was just saying that the movement is not the
>primary cause of my loose steering.  Part of it, sure, but a small part.
>

>
>>You may very well be right, but I suggest checking it to be
>>sure.  I suggest checking your old rack for play first.
>>Have one person jiggle the steering wheel while you get
>>under the car and look for slack.
>>   
>>
>
>Oh it's got slack.  It's got lots of slack.  The universal joint is good
>and tight on the outside.  No play there at all.  But I can keep the
>wheels pinned and turn the steering wheel and watch the joint turn while
>the boots on the rack actually expand and contract a little bit before I
>run into resistance.  It's been like this as long as I've owned the car. 
>The recent road repair impact has just made it worse.  It does all appear
>to be internal to the rack, thankfully.
>
>The DMCH rebuilt rack comes with new tie rod ends.  The ends of them are
>studs with nylon-lined nuts on them.  I'm not really familiar with the way
>steering racks really work... Do I actually need a tie rod end puller to
>do this replacement, or is it designed to separate two pieces I'm not
>going to need to separate?
>
>I can borrow one over the weekend from my mechanic, so it's easily
>acquired if I need it to get the job done, but I won't bother if it's not
>necessary.
>

>
>>And if you replace the rack anyway, remember to check the
>>feel of both racks while you can compare them side-by-side.
>>   
>>
>
>Will do.
>
>-andrew
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