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post #16 of 24 Old 07-09-2013, 10:19 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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Leak at the ps pump (on the v8 anyway) finds it's way down to that exact spot.

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post #17 of 24 Old 07-10-2013, 06:47 AM
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x2

Leak at the ps pump (on the v8 anyway) finds it's way down to that exact spot.
and everything else

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post #18 of 24 Old 07-10-2013, 07:00 AM
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I've used the Valvoline synthetic grease (the dark bluish-gray one) to lube chassis joints, and over time it seems to separate into a thin oil and a thick paste, even just sitting in storage. The oil portion tends to seep out of the joints.
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post #19 of 24 Old 07-10-2013, 05:11 PM
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joints might not be bad at all

I'm surprised no one has mentioned that just because there is grease on the joints doesn't mean that it is bad. This is just an indication that who ever has been greasing these joints as been careless and doesn't wipe it off after the old grease is pushed out. You have to actually feel the joints to see if they are loose.
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post #20 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned that just because there is grease on the joints doesn't mean that it is bad. This is just an indication that who ever has been greasing these joints as been careless and doesn't wipe it off after the old grease is pushed out. You have to actually feel the joints to see if they are loose.
so i wiped off all the excess grease today as best i could. what type of movement exactly am i looking for to determine if something is bad? i grabbed onto the drag link rod towards the center and firmly twisted it, and there was some movement. not sure once again if this is normal or an issue.

on a good note, i checked the track bar and it seems nice and firm.

the other thing i noticed is that the tie rod ends on the ends of the drag link seem to be somewhat compressed. once again, not sure if its normal or bad.

if anyone has pics of what everything should look like, that would help.
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post #21 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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not my video, but i just found this and it shows what i found today. the movement wasnt as drastic but same deal.

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post #22 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 PM
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if that's the case you need to replace the bushings for sure, maybe more.

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post #23 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 04:17 PM
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misleading

That is a terribly misleading video. The tie rod can twist like it shows, and is supposed to. There is ball joints on both ends, all your doing is moving the ball joint in its normal range of motion.
What you need to do is take the weight off the tires, grab the tires and firmly try to steer them side to side in short movements while having someone else feel the tie rod end joint for play. The other way to do this is to leave it on the ground and have a partner turn the steering wheel side to side, once again in short movements and feel if there is any play in the joints.
The boots will appear compressed, that is also normal.
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post #24 of 24 Old 07-18-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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That is a terribly misleading video. The tie rod can twist like it shows, and is supposed to. There is ball joints on both ends, all your doing is moving the ball joint in its normal range of motion.
What you need to do is take the weight off the tires, grab the tires and firmly try to steer them side to side in short movements while having someone else feel the tie rod end joint for play. The other way to do this is to leave it on the ground and have a partner turn the steering wheel side to side, once again in short movements and feel if there is any play in the joints.
The boots will appear compressed, that is also normal.
Oh great thanks for clarification. I appreciate it. I I was under the impression that range of motion was bad.
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