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Old 05-04-2010, 06:20 PM   #1
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How much play in trackbar?

I got the death wobble and many say that the track bar may be a main cause. I got under there and tried to twist it which it may have move a degree or 2 it doesn't seem real worn. Does it visually have to be pretty extreme to start the wobble.

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Old 05-04-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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Twisting it by hand isn't a very good test because all the vehicles weight is on it. The best way is to disconnect the tie-rod end on the driver side frame mount and check it for slop. If the point of the TRE is loose and clunky then it needs replacing, but if its firm and tight, then it's ok.

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The trackbar shouldn't move at all. There is a TRE only on the driver side. The other side is connected by a bolt and rubber bushing. You can do like AzTJ said to check the driver side TRE but the other side should be tight and immovable other than rotating vertically to allow the axle to move up and down in relation to the frame during hard braking, accelerating and off-road use.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:07 PM   #4
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The track bar was causing the DW on my dodge a while ago. Fire it up for the power steering, and have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth about 45 degrees total, just a little more than the slop in the steer box. Watch the driver side of the track bar. Mine moved up and down. Something I couldn't make it do by hand. If that's the case, replace the sucker.
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