Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tampa, FL
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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.