Misaligned Idler Arm Hole
-Recently purchased '96 FWB, non-abused 55K miles
-Appears already has a newer replacement stout (MOOG Troubleshooter type quality) Idler arm.
-Steering box-pitman arm both nice and rusty and do not appear ever touched.
I was under it replacing other pieces and noticed the pitman arm side bolt on the center link was cocked at an excessive angle to the arm. So, I figured it was wear and just got a new MOOG center link. I connected the pitman arm side first, and was unable to seat the idler arm side at all - I ended up having to undo one of the two frame bolts just to get the idler arm hole and center link stud seated. I left it loose-nutted at that point, and rather avoiding what will seem like excessive racking the idler arm back to reconnect that second frame bolt.
Question (after no luck with search): Has this popped up before? Are there similar idler arms and apps out there with small enough differences that a shop may have installed (forced on) the wrong one? I'm likely going to just buy an idler arm to rough compare it to what's installed.
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