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Old 05-19-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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Tie rod help

Good morning, I noticed kind of a knock thump etc this morning when doing a tight turn in my driveway which obviously is off. So I had a buddy get in and turn the wheel all the way to the driver side and then back to center real fast and I could kind of hear it when I was under the truck. Everything looks fine until I grabbed the tie rod. I can grab the tire rod and twist it back and forth in my hand about a quarter turn. What caused this and how do I fix it. The nuts holding it on to each wheel seem fine and it drives fine but I know this is wrong.. Any help is apprecitated.

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Well, right off the top-Your Tie-Rod ends have "Gimbal" couplings, so you should be able to "TWIST 10/15°, but there shouldn't be ANY lateral/vertical "LOOSENESS" __

Check your stabilizer mts and shock/swaybar FREEDOM, especially the tire interference with swaybar, at full turn 11

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim, I will check. I know there should be some play with those couplings but when I just did the lift and put the new steering stabilizer on it was not this loose. What do you mean by tire interference with the sway bar? you mean like tire touching it??
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Yea, The lift and sway bar angle/dangle will get pretty close to the front tire SIDEWALL, at FULL turn, so have your buddy turn "SHARP" while you watch-especially on the drivers side (left turn)!!


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Thanks Jim, I will check. I know there should be some play with those couplings but when I just did the lift and put the new steering stabilizer on it was not this loose. What do you mean by tire interference with the sway bar? you mean like tire touching it??
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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ahh shit I hope not ball joints... Just checked sway bar, not touching the tire??? Ugh.. if I tighten the nut at the top of the gimbal couplers will it eliminate the tie rod from twisting??
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:17 AM   #6
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NO-it should have a cotter key anyway and it HAS TO twist !


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ahh shit I hope not ball joints... Just checked sway bar, not touching the tire??? Ugh.. if I tighten the nut at the top of the gimbal couplers will it eliminate the tie rod from twisting??
Check your front axle knuckles and I'm sure when you heard this clunk, you were still in 2wd ? right

A little noise like that in 4wd, is pretty normal-in hard turns-

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:39 AM   #7
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I was in 2wd. Will check knuckles shortly..
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:35 AM   #8
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See if you can get a general idea of where the noise is coming from. As in, there have been many reported steering 'clunks' from the steering column with an upgrade in the 2011 models that appears to be being retrofitted to earlier models to fix the problem.

As When your mate is jerking the steering wheel back and forth, (shouldnt really need to go more than 1/4 to 1/2 turn each way and do it slowly) you can rest your hand carefully on each peice to feel the clunk.

Also, when it clunked were you going over a bump onto the driveway at the same time? Or just flat road?

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