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Hi,

I'm about to change out my tie rods and idler arm with replacements from Kanter. I had real sloppy steering before. Is there anything I should do to the drag link while I'm there?

Is there any sense in taking it apart?

Thanks

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Take it apart for inspection, cleaning and adjustment. You may find broken or worn parts. Also the old grease is not compatible with modern grease and will liquefy and make a big mess. After it is cleaned, painted, assembled and adjusted use Valvoline synthetic grease which will not separate and ooze oil like the cheaper stuff. This is a very messy job, but the end result will give you satisfaction and confidence in the assembly.

Willie

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hello,

I got a little bit of work done this past weekend. I threw in some new tie rods, then I removed the old idler arm to replace with my new one, only to realize it looked just as good as the new one, so I put it back in. I greased everything and took it for a spin -- it wanders more than before! Steering is very loose and doesn't straighten out after a turn.

Any ideas?

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I have not done the drag link yet. Would it be at all possible to do the alignment myself in a home garage?

Yup you sure can. Spend a day getting everything aligned with string, tape measures, and levels. When you're done take it for a test drive. Straight to a good alignment shop.................Bob

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  • 4 weeks later...

I finally got around to doing the drag link and setting the toe at home in my garage. I don't know if my alignment was way out of whack (probably not) or if it was the drag link rebuilt, but the difference is night and day. Drives tight and I have to make far less adjustments to keep it straight.

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