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Old 12-12-2014, 11:47 PM   #11
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Someones about to hav some fun! 😀
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Ya now that I have the front struts/top plates/bearings..fun all right !!
Even though I would like to do this ASAP, and have the ole Buick riding smoother...
I am not so sure I want to install all the good stuff until the salt season has passed.
Besides I might as well get some more parts like the inner & outer tie rod on the drivers side, heck might as well throw in a ball joint for good measure too!
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Yeah! I shouldve thought tht way, i recently changed mine! And after my drivers side ball joint sounds like it has play, ik the passenger side sure does! Along with the tie rods over there to! Plan on getting to that possibly later today or tomorrow...
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The PA ball joint had bit of play just before it went kerr-snap one day on the passenger side.
Anyways, intend on getting a bunch more parts to prevent any further disruptions, and hopefully be good for years to come.
I am not too good a thread counting, and since new ball joint, suspension & tie rods are going in, it has to go to alignment right after all the work is done..
FUN!= Going to do it right &..

Makin' it work..takes a little longer...Makin' it works takes a bit of time..(Doug & the slugs Lol)
Good luck getting yours up 2 speed!
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Ya now that I have the front struts/top plates/bearings..fun all right !!
Even though I would like to do this ASAP, and have the ole Buick riding smoother...
I am not so sure I want to install all the good stuff until the salt season has passed.
Besides I might as well get some more parts like the inner & outer tie rod on the drivers side, heck might as well throw in a ball joint for good measure too!
Going to have to have your PA aligned after the strut replacement; so might as well replace the tie-rods as you mentioned. Maybe a good time to inspect bushings and ball joints also.
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Finally both tie rods arrived today from GM.
Does anyone know if this ring is plastic or steel at the steering rack end, and should I be ok with just reusing the old one?


The Inner tie rod has a nice warning about avoiding rack damage by using an adjustable, across the rack teeth during installation.
Any other tips I should be aware of?

I see the outer comes with boot and zerk fitting. Good.
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its plastic and what purpose it does I have no idea
a moog inner tie rod end is bigger and it wont fit on there
I thought could be a bump stop for a full lock right or left turn but
It don't make contact with anything at a full lock turn
FORD uses a Teflon C looking washer to act like a bump stop
but its only about a 1/8 inch wide
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if you get the boot off and find ANY!!! PS fluid
I would put it back together until you can get
a rebuilt rack unless you can do it
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The plastic piece is just a dust cover to protect the flats on the tie rod i guess. Not really sure what its purpose is. Pops right off with a screwdriver so you have access to the flats to remove the tie rod.
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