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Unread 07-26-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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how do you tighten tie rod ends?

I have some play in the joint where the drag link meets the steering knuckle on the passenger side...

How do i tigthen that castle bolt?

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Unread 07-26-2008, 04:29 PM   #2
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One technique is to use a jack to put upward pressure on the tapered pin so it doesn't spin while tightening the nut. Another is to place a wedge between the knuckle and TRE to prevent the "ball" from turning.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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One technique is to use a jack to put upward pressure on the tapered pin so it doesn't spin while tightening the nut. Another is to place a wedge between the knuckle and TRE to prevent the "ball" from turning.

Since i had it aligned not too long ago, will i need it to be re-aligned after tightening this bolt?
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Unread 07-26-2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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How loose was it?
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Unread 07-26-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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How loose was it?
I mean - the bolt shifted a lot - so in my opinion pretty loose...

Bleh - I will go tto the shop and say "Hey you guys aligned it with loose components so please re-do it"

They should have checked this right?
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Unread 07-26-2008, 05:21 PM   #6
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They should have checked this right?
Absolutely.

If it was loose for an extended period, it could have wallowed out the tapered hole in the knuckle.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 05:32 PM   #7
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Is the nut loose or is your drag link worn out?
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Unread 07-26-2008, 06:30 PM   #8
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Absolutely.

If it was loose for an extended period, it could have wallowed out the tapered hole in the knuckle.
Well how would I know for sure if the end is worn out?

I tightened the castle nut as tight as i could and it didnt shift around any more.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 06:31 PM   #9
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Is the nut loose or is your drag link worn out?
Well the nut seemed to be pretty loose to me.

After tightening it there was no shifting in the joint when i grabbed the rotor and moved it left to right.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 07:16 PM   #10
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And you replaced the cotter pin with a new one correct
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And you replaced the cotter pin with a new one correct
Well i used the same thing that was in there before - a crappy piece of wire.
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Unread 07-27-2008, 10:47 PM   #12
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Is it possible to overtighten the castle nut? What problems would that cause?
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Is it possible to overtighten the castle nut? What problems would that cause?
The FSM states 55ft.lbs. on the drag link ball stud for torque. If you don't have a torque wrench,,, just snug it down good with a ratchet and you should be good as long as your tappered parts are not worn any.
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