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Old April 13th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Tie Rod & Idler Arm

I have heard these are both pretty simple things to replace. But, is it simple enough to do in a campus parking lot? Ive read that tools that i would need would be a pitman arm puller, a pickle fork, and just some few sockets and what not. I don't have a puller or fork with me, but auto zone has that little loan tool thing, so it would be simple to get them. So, if i had all the tools with me, would i be able to replace my tie rod (inner,outer, and adjusting sleeve) and idler arm? Or would it be simpler to just bring it to a shop? If i brought it to a shop, what should i expect to pay?

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BTW: This is for a 1994 Chevy k1500 5.7L if that matters to any of you.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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lifted?? im having a hell of a time with mine right now. had to cut the nuts off with a cut off wheel(i dont have torches) if they arent that bad then u might be fine. mines a 1990 K1500.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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No lift. Yea the bolts are what im worried about, becasue i dont have access to a torch or cut off wheel
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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you should be able to change those parts in a parking lot with the proper tools. dont forget a good sized hammer. i hardly ever use pickle forks, a few good hits with a hammer on the side of the knuckle usually breaks loose the tie rod ends. same with the idler arm. hit the side of the drag link. you will obviously need to get it aligned afterwards, but be prepared the shop u take it to might tell you that other stuff is worn out before they will do the alignment.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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Yea, thats another thing im worried about. Ive talked to a kid in automotive, and he said the setup that these chevys had, after one part wears and goes bad, all the other parts start wearing bad
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Old April 13th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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the problem im having is the tie rod on the knuckle. the "ball" is just spinning in the "socket" wen i try it take the nut off, thats y i had to cut the nut off.... i wouldnt rick doing it in a campus parking lot(assuming its ur dd) and find someone with torches or a cut off wheel...
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Old April 13th, 2011, 03:37 PM   #7
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You could try to Jack up on the bottom of the tierod end to keep it from spinning in its socket. I had to do it when I changed my tierod ends and trackbar/tierod end thing too.

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Old April 13th, 2011, 03:47 PM   #8
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You could try to Jack up on the bottom of the tierod end to keep it from spinning in its socket. I had to do it when I changed my tierod ends and trackbar/tierod end thing too.

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good idea. ill try it before i cut the other one off
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Old April 13th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #9
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call me up dude, I got what you need.
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