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Re: Seized Tie Rods and a Shaking Front End (archive)

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Posted by Brian C. on April 25, 2000 at 22:10:14:

In Reply to: Seized Tie Rods and a Shaking Front End posted by Doug Carter on April 25, 2000 at 20:39:21:

: Hi guys,

: I'm in need of some help. This afternoon, I dropped my new/old '73 off to have the front end aligned, to try to eliminate some of the steering problems and shake that I have experienced since I picked up the car last week.

: I got a call from the shop saying that they aligned what they could, but could not move the heim joints from the threaded sleeve/tie rod. Thus, the steering alignment could not be made. This is a problem, as I think the car has some pronounced toe-out right now. I have determined that I want to replace both tie rods and the rod ends completely to avoid any future problems. Now what? Who carries these pieces? Should I replace anything else at the same time? Could something else be causing the front end shake that I may be overlooking?

: Funny how one problem creates more.

: Any experiences would be greatly appreciated.

: doug

Sounds like you should probably replace the bushings in the control arms and where the radius rods go into the subframe.
Also check the balljoints and like you said the whole steering link (tie rod and ends).
Worn or out of adjustment wheel bearings can cause shaking and vibration too as can out of balance tires or bent wheels.
good luck, Brian

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