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Guide to changing '91 f150 drag link?

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:53 PM
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Guide to changing '91 f150 drag link?

Hey guys is there and electronic service manual available of can anyone tell me the steps/equipment ill need to change over the drag link on my 2wd '91 f150?

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Remove cotter pins from nuts on the ends, take off nuts, press off or force off with a pickle fork. New ones slide in and torque them down to pull them through, replace cotter pin. Make sure you grease the joints.
 
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Thanks man, ill give it a go... Should i put the front wheels on ramps while i do this?
 
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Thanks man, ill give it a go... Should i put the front wheels on ramps while i do this?
I wouldn't do ramps just because I don't like them, but if you need the extra room, I don't see why it would be a bad thing. To add stuff to your sig, go to user cp in the upper left hand corner of the window, then pick edit signature on the left side of the page.
BTW, if you're going to have to buy one or the other, I'd buy a press. I don't like the idea of hammering with a pickle fork on a piece that is connected to the output shaft of the steering box.
 
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Pickle forks work just fine for the tie rods. Just make sure the tip of the fork isn't catching the boot before you start hammering on it. But a puller is the best idea for removing the drag link from the steering box shaft. Most auto parts stores will rent them.

Use the ramps if you want, just make sure to set the parking brake and chock the wheels for extra safety. I didn't replace mine, but I did have to pull it to drop the steering gear box and I had plenty of room with my tires on the ground.

A note on replacing the pitman arm nut tho- if you don't have a torque wrench that's capable of reaching the 200 some odd ft-lbs of torque needed to reinstall the nut, you'll be okay just using a wrench and getting the nut as tight as you can. I reinstalled mine with a big crescent wrench and then placed my feet against the tire and pulled on the wrench until I just couldn't get any more out of it. I checked it again about 2 weeks later and it was still tight, and I haven't had any problems since.
 
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Originally Posted by DBGrif91 View Post
Pickle forks work just fine for the tie rods. Just make sure the tip of the fork isn't catching the boot before you start hammering on it. But a puller is the best idea for removing the drag link from the steering box shaft. Most auto parts stores will rent them.

Use the ramps if you want, just make sure to set the parking brake and chock the wheels for extra safety. I didn't replace mine, but I did have to pull it to drop the steering gear box and I had plenty of room with my tires on the ground.

A note on replacing the pitman arm nut tho- if you don't have a torque wrench that's capable of reaching the 200 some odd ft-lbs of torque needed to reinstall the nut, you'll be okay just using a wrench and getting the nut as tight as you can. I reinstalled mine with a big crescent wrench and then placed my feet against the tire and pulled on the wrench until I just couldn't get any more out of it. I checked it again about 2 weeks later and it was still tight, and I haven't had any problems since.
If you don't have an American torque wrench ( Australia uses metric, right? ), here's a place to convert his ft./lbs. to metric.

http://www.sciencemadesimple.net/pressure.php

Good luck on the job.
 
 
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