Last year I asked Firestone to do a front end alignment and they mangled the adjusting sleeve saying they couldn't get it loosened. I bought a new one, same form factor as the old one and they used it in the alignment and gave me the truck back.
Since then I've been trying to track down some anomalous knuckley sounds and play. THEY said they couldn't find anything.
Forward to this past week. I had the rig on a rack at another shop, and they reached up and grabbed the tie rod end and wiggle wiggle wiggle "this shouldn't do that".
So for all I know, this has been loose since Firestone gave it back to me last year. Today I make them put it on the appropriate rack to get the wheels free and sure enough wiggle wiggle wiggle.
They guy said "oh I think something is bent, maybe the knuckle" and "I'll try to tighten it but I may just strip the outer bite again".
In the end he said he couldn't tighten the sleeve and that I needed a heavier duty solution. So why the hell didn't they say that LAST YEAR. /rhetorical
My choice seems to be another threaded sleeve with a HEX head on it, or the longer double clamp "tie rod adjusting sleeve" like the MOPAR® Steering Linkage Adjuster Assembly
or some HEAVY DUTY after market something by AEV or TeraFlax.
Since I have 315s on this I need to rock solid "get it the hell done and done" logging road worthy solution, hopefully one that doesn't break the bank.
Ideas, thoughts, experiences, sound advice?
Thank in advance!