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Old 10-13-2008, 06:39 PM
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Tie rod and drag link replacement

Well, I had a thread going in Clutch and Tranny, but after some expert advice and troubleshooting, I am here.....

Previous thread for any reference needed. http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/78...b-problem.html

Story: 1989 Ford F250 XLT Lariat 4x4 460 CID.

Notice a popping noise and restricted steering when front hubs locked. Recommended by FTE to check U joint. That was it. Also noticed front left tie rod end (at wheel) is loose, other end at drag link is loose, and drag link at Pitman arm is loose. Lots of play.

I will probably have the u joint replaced by a mechanic. I'm just not going there. Otherwise I will be in a confessional for a month.

So I'd like to take a crack at the steering system. I'm referencing a Haynes manual, Ford Pickups and Broncos, 1980-90. FYI

Looks like, according to the manual, tie rod is driver's side (left) and runs to the drag link, and drag link runs from Pitman arm to right wheel (passenger).

I suppose I need inner and outer tie rods....but what about Pitman arm connection to the drag link? Is there a replacement bushing for this or does the entire drag link need to be replaced also?

Right side is tight, just the left is loose. I'm trying to get the 4WD operable for the Winter. Not trying to rebuild the front end, as I will be parting company with the vehicle next Spring....or sooner if it's gonna cost a mint.

Thanks for any help. I've been Googling the tie rod replacement procedure....and feel I can to this.....just not finding much about the drag link/Pitman arm problem. Thanks, Ted
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