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post #1 of 24 Old 07-09-2013, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Track Bar Ends...Is This Bad?

ive been doing some more visual inspections under my niner when i have time recently. im essentially checking things as i learn about them here and on other forums. recently i noticed that the joints at the end of my track bar seem to be completely gobbed up with grease. i dont know what else to say, but they dont look good. what do you guys think?





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post #2 of 24 Old 07-09-2013, 12:46 PM
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I had a power steering leak, looked similar to that. I cleaned it all off, check the bushings. no problems for me

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hmm didnt think of that. my main concern was the drivers side bushing. as you can see in the picture, its not only caked with grease, but it almost looks like fresh/wet grease. \


forgive the noob-ness, but what would you recommend looking at in order to determine if there is a power steering leak?
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-09-2013, 12:53 PM
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That's the drag link and tie rod. I'd say the driver side is pooched since there is no evidence of a leak and the passenger connection might be in bad shape. Only way to tell is to clean up each joint and look to see if the boot is torn.
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gotcha. seems i was looking at the diagram wrong. kinda had a feeling i was mixing up parts.

what are some adverse affects of having the damaged drag link ends? is replacing the entire drag link the best option?
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found this kit on amazon which seems to replace the entire assembly. its only 70 bucks so it might just be worth it if the connections are in bad shape after cleaning them off.

http://www.amazon.com/Omix-Ada-18054...1&s=automotive
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found this kit on amazon which seems to replace the entire assembly. its only 70 bucks so it might just be worth it if the connections are in bad shape after cleaning them off.

http://www.amazon.com/Omix-Ada-18054...1&s=automotive
Check www.rockauto.com as well
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-09-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Check www.rockauto.com as well
yeah i checked there first but i didnt see a complete kit. ill look again.
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this is what i get on rockauto. not sure if this is the entire assembly or what.

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i'd take the moog

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i'd take the moog
not sure if its a complete assembly though. rockauto is obviously very non descript.
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Call and ask. You might have to buy a separate TRE. no big deal.

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Call and ask. You might have to buy a separate TRE. no big deal.
understood. for what its worth, the complete assembly kit i found on amazon is only five bucks more for everything.
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ok so i found the complete assembly offered by rockauto. its the same exact kit that amazon has listed, but amazons price is 20 bucks cheaper.
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not trying to high jack a thread, but what is the tie rod end part number, i keep finding es3096 as the part number i think i need but it says for v8 5.2 or 5.9 or are they the same?

on the topic of this thread, that is not a track bar, the track bar is directly behind that drag link, if you want to know if your track bar is bad have a friend turn left and right while watching for what looks like "hop" in the tie rod end of the bar and wiggle on the end connected to the axle

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