Installing new center link & idler arm ?s - Chevy Impala SS Forum
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-31-2003, 01:14 PM
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I tried to do my homework (searching) on this but I didnt really find the answer to my question.

Im replacing my idler arm and center link at the same time (have new moog parts). Ive seen that a pickle fork and a big c-clamp are necessary for idler arm replacement, but do I need both if I'm installing both at the same time?

From what I gather, I wouldnt need to pickle fork to seperate the center link and idler arm since I can attach them off the car but I would need the clamp to stick them together? Is this right or no?

Anything else I'll need? I was going to do this tomorrow and want to make sure I dont have to run to the auto parts store, since it'll be closed.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-31-2003, 01:39 PM
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You will need a tool to separate the tie rods from the center link and the center link from the pitman arm.

Since it does not sound like you are replacing the tie rods, using a pickle fork can damage the grease boots on the tie rods, so using the proper separator tool would be better.

The C-clamp might be useful in reassembly, but the better way to put the tapered parts together is to get a standard nut with the same threads, since the fasteners for the center link are usually the self-locking variety--and use the regular nut to pull the stud into each taper so it seats well enough to allow the self-locking nut to then be installed in place of it. Usually works, just don't try to turn the self-locking nut too fast, or the tapered stud might release and you'll have to go through the process again.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 01:08 AM
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Thanks for the help Bill. I rented a whole front end kit from Pep Boys and it had everything I needed to do the job. Unfortunately, Ive still got more slop then Id like and the suspension shop said everything else checked out fine. Time to tighten that steering box I guess.
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2003, 09:34 AM
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What all is in that kit? Thx
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-06-2003, 04:20 AM
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It was five different kinds of pulleys in a plastic case. It was called their 'front end service kit' I think. I picked out from a big picture guide they had on the counter.
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