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Old 06-19-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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idler arm bad??

how do you tell if your idler arm is bad?

i jacked up the front and grabed ahold of everything, and it all seems nice and tite, except the idler moves just BAAAREELLYY. replace it or no?
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Re: idler arm bad??

yea...ive been wondering about this too
Old 06-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #3
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if the left wheel is loose or wiggling and it looks like its up there at the arm then it needs to be replaced atleast that is how i figured out that mine is bad and i need to replace it
dont go with the cheap brands that are like 20 and 30 dollars unless you plan on getting ride of the truck soon they only last like a year if not less i go with TRW or MOOGE
Old 06-19-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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i already have one it says mooge on the wrapping its in i got it from autozone.

and both my wheels are a little wobbly just a little though, i am goin to replace the bearings and see if that helps.
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mooge at autozone wow
Old 06-20-2008, 12:57 AM   #6
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i know i was surprised too
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Re: idler arm bad??

jack both front wheels up, shake them one by one watching the idler and with 1 hand on the tie rod end to feel for movement there. if the wheel moves without moving the hub: bearings. if you can see the idler move up/down, it's bad. if you can see/feel the tie rod end moving, it's bad.
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Re: idler arm bad??

These seem to go bad pretty often. If it has any play in it I would replace it.
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Re: idler arm bad??

Quote: Originally Posted by Bagged1984S10
These seem to go bad pretty often. If it has any play in it I would replace it.
correct. the 2 most common chassis-suspension problems I've seen on S10 pickups and blazers is the idler arm and on 2wd the front wheel bearings.
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well they are both being replaced this week/weekend.
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i gota take the 4wd jimmy in next week for the idler arm

the one thing i dont understand is i can get a mooge from advanced for 59 with a lifetime warranty or i can go to summitt and get the mooge for 47 with a 1 year how come it seems like eveyrhting summit sells has a 1 year on it
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the spec for replacing is 1/4" movement up and down
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thanks flanders
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i dont know what my specs are but i know that i hear a poping noise when i turn to the right going forward with the wheel cut all the way to the right and the only thing it could be is the idler arm

do you have to do a wheel alighment when you replace the idler arm ?
like i just replaced the ball joints and right front axle and i didnt need a wheel alighment but do i need to get the alighment for the idler arm ? or should i be cool with that since it doesnt seem to pull to mouch ?
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x2 ^^
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x2 ?
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yes x2 , you know like times two, meaning i would like to know aswell.
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i guess no one wants to answer for iether of us LOL
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Yes, you will need an alignment. It can change your "toe" adjustment.
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you don't NEED an alignment unless the holes are elongated and the idler mounting bracket can move on the frame. that being said, it certainly doens't hurt to get one at all.
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it didnt need an alighment i will get one in a week when i have more money to spend but feels the same not pulling or anyting
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Wow.. I didn't know Federal Mogul changed the name to mooge from MOOG

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haha well w/e it is!
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Re: idler arm bad??

Quote: Originally Posted by PimpingA1997Jimmy
it didnt need an alighment i will get one in a week when i have more money to spend but feels the same not pulling or anyting
Just because it isn't pulling doesn't mean it doesn't need an alignment. I replaced ALL the steering stuff on my truck this weekend and it drives perfectly straight right now. I guarantee that it still needs an alignment though.
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werd, my truck did use to drive fine when i first got it but it ran the edge of the front tires bald in 1000 miles.
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