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Old 09-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Question idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

I just changed my idler arm and its bad again. (pretty much instantly)Its flexing just like the old one. Before i go changing this one, does anyone know a reason why idler arms would repeatedly go bad? I have a 4wd 02 Sonoma with 17 inch wheels. Goodyear recently put on 245-45-17 new tires and dropped the front a couple inches with the torsion bars.They also did an alignment. there must be another problem i'm missing because what are the chances that my new part was defective, it was a pro-line, $20 at pep boys. the rest of the steering linkage seems fine. can anyone please help?
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Re: idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

Spend the money and get a quality part, Moog, Trw, NAPA brand. Not everyone will agree with the choices, but they're probably better than Pep Boys.
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I am sure the part is partially at fault, is there any way possible that you can get your hands on a MOOG part?
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So its probable, that it could be just a crappy part?
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There's no doubt it's a crappy part...
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You get what you pay for a lot of the time.... take a look at RockAuto I am sure they sell an idler arm for your application and when it arrives you can bring the bad part back to the 3 stooges
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Re: idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

My daughter kept wearing out the lower grade ozone lifetime brake pads. They let her upgrade to the premium for like 7 bucks.
Maybe the peppy boys will let you upgrade to a premium part for the price difference.
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That's where I got mine for the Blazer2
Old 09-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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Re: idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

i will have to order the MOOG. The guy at autozone said if the pitman arm is bad it will make the idler arm fail right away. Is this true? My pitman seems fine, no play in it...is there a way to really test a pitman arm? thanx for the replies!
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Moog $40...Raybestos $46 minus 5% discount at Rockauto. I bought the Raybestos...good stuff.
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Re: idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

2nd that on the Raybestos. For what its worth, check for slop in your steering box. I had the original center link in my truck forever with no problems until I switched to a ZQ8 steering gear- it was used and started leaking when I put it in, and I took it apart to replace the input shaft seal. In doing so, I did not completely drain the steering gearbox and ended up setting the backlash incorrectly. I noticed a small amount of play in it when I reinstalled it and thought it was just the old rag joint, but I really didn't recall having that much play with the old box. A week later, I had LOTS of slop-the ball stud in the center link connected to the pitman arm was shot. May have been a coincidence, but I'm guessing maybe not.
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Re: idler arm keeps going bad, please help!!

Yes a bad pitman arm can cause your idler arm to fail sooner so i would make sure that the pitman arm is good too. i bought the moog part for my truck and havent had and issue with it since.
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I use only Spicer [Now Raybestos] Professional Series front end parts
because they work, they last and last a long time. >



It's about 50 bucks + from Rock Auto.

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...,parttype,7328
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