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Re: 5kcstq:rear tie rods

In a message dated 8/13/98 11:59:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
qpilot@accucomm.net writes:

> Hi folks,
>  I think I need to replace the passenger side rear wheel outer tie rod end
>  on my 86 5KCSTQ as I can move the wheel up and down by hand to a nice
>  clunk,and it appears to move at that joint.  It is not supposed to move,
>  right?  Can one replace the outer part of the tie-rod or is it one unit?  I
>  assume hat if I set the new one the same as the old, I don't need to do an
>  alignment.  True?  Also, any source other than the dealer, I will have to
>  do it mail order anyway since there is noone close by. I also want to make
>  sure I get the correct one.
>  Any help would be appreciated.
>  Thanks,
>  Randy...

Well, sure it will move, if the wheel does.  It should not be loose, however.
Alignment sfter install is still recommended.  Mine were squeeking something
horrific, due to the inner bushings being totally shot.  Only come as one
"set" $119 each set (inner and outer) from Blaufergnugen.  Are you sure its
the tie rod?  Sounds to me like you're shock is bad?

-Ingo Rautenberg
90 v8 202,000 miles with steering damper on order  :-)