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Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#1 » Thu May 23, 2019 3:09 pm

Does anyone have an excerpt from a service manual on the process to do the above mentioned work? I have looked unsuccessfully so far in the searchable manual Alan put up. For some reason it is not yielding what I think it should.

Step by step would be reassuring before I dive in.

Also does anyone have access to torque values for relevant nuts and bolts related to this?

Thanks

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AlanMcR
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#2 » Thu May 23, 2019 6:54 pm

Page 257 has the tightening torques (120-140nm). Aside from that it is simply remove and replace.
...Alan

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Winston
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#3 » Fri May 24, 2019 5:26 am

Some combo of pickle fork, tie rod separator, and BFH will be your friend.
1990 250GD 461.401
2000 G500 463.241
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Otiswesty
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#4 » Fri May 24, 2019 7:39 am

I replaced both rods with complete new. If anyone wants mine to redo the ends, they are up for grabs gratis. No rust, they are off of my 1983 280GE.

bart1
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#5 » Fri May 24, 2019 9:02 am

Get one of the separators like I got here. You should be able to get a free loaner from your local auto parts store if you are in the US.

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tiktaalik
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#6 » Fri May 24, 2019 10:33 am

I’ll be doing this as well as soon as Creampuff is back from the shop. I’ve got complete new assembly’s to install. Any tips, photos or resources to make it easier are highly appreciated.

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Winston
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#7 » Fri May 24, 2019 10:44 am

tiktaalik wrote:I’ll be doing this as well as soon as Creampuff is back from the shop. I’ve got complete new assembly’s to install. Any tips, photos or resources to make it easier are highly appreciated.

Before removing the old assembly, adjust the new assembly to approximately the same length as the old one.

Pull cotter pins and remove the nuts.

Then it's really just a matter of pulling the old tierod/draglink from their attachments. Age and wear can make this difficult without a tool. The separator tool makes it pretty easy. The pickle fork method will usually be successful provided you have a good angle to beat the #%@* out of the fork with a hammer.

Installation is the reverse of removal. :D

Check your toe-in. It should be zero degrees. Search for the "string" method to DIY this.
1990 250GD 461.401
2000 G500 463.241
2006 G500 463.249

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AlanMcR
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#8 » Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm

Throw those pickle forks away. The hammering will for sure ruin the ball joint and can't be good for any of the other parts either. One miss-placed blow with the BFH will do a lot of damage.
...Alan

bart1
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#9 » Fri May 24, 2019 12:18 pm

Agree. I have pickle forks and never use them. The tool I showed works wonders. I had always intended to buy a Hazet one, but the free rental was good enough.

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cal_w460
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Re: Drag Link & Tie Rod ends Replacement Procedure

Post#10 » Fri May 24, 2019 11:27 pm

Some torque values from the Workshop Manual. These may vary depending on what thread size your tie rod / drag link ends are.

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