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Old 02-20-2014, 05:05 PM
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Rag joint bolt issue

I've replaced the whole front end of the truck with the exception of ball joints. Went to get it aligned and within a couple days it was pulling to the left. Took it back and technician noticed a knocking sound when trying to center the wheel. Told me I needed to replace my rag joint. When removing the bolt, I looked at it and it didn't seem to look right. Please look at the picture of the bolt and let me know if it's supposed to look like this. My common knowledge of bolts tell me no... thanks.

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Old 02-20-2014, 05:13 PM
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lol. yeah that bolt is bad.
the threads are smashed the whole bolt should look like the top few threads by the head of the bolt.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:49 PM
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Thanks fordnut. just wanted to make sure. Now the question is if I get another bolt, will the rag joint do the same thing to it? Or would it be a situation that I will need to replace the rag joint entirely?
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:45 AM
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UPDATE:

Took a look at the rag joint this morning when the sun was out and it was bad. The threads on one side are almost completely gone. I've taken comparison pictures to show you what I'm talking about. First picture should be the shaved side, with the other being the side with the threads. How do I take this rag joint off? It looks like it's attached with rivets? Thanks for any help with this.

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Old 02-21-2014, 07:20 PM
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I couldnt even find the rag joint for sale. best I could find were some universal parts to replace the rubber, on those you drill out the rivets and replace them with bolts.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:41 PM
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I'm thinking of getting another bolt and putting a nut on the other side. Other than the threads missing on one side, there's nothing wrong with it. Hopefully it works.

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thats not a bad idea, just use some red locktite. and you might want to stake the treads with a hammer and chisel.(after nut and bolt are tight, take a chisel length wise on the threads showing and hit it leaving a "cut" in the threads,
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:37 PM
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its been awhile but im pretty sure only one side is threaded , also i think ford calls it a steering coupler
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its been awhile but im pretty sure only one side is threaded , also i think ford calls it a steering coupler
Yea, this morning I woke up and thought, "maybe it's supposed to be like that and I had the bolt going the wrong way?" Sure enough, got another bolt and out it on and tightened up just fine. Steering box still feels loose. Probably need to tighten it some.

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:57 PM
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Ok, another update...

Finally got an opportunity to take the truck in after getting the rag joint tightened up on the steering box. When the mechanic was re-aligning, he said that I have a bad rag joint and will need to replace it before they can align the front end.

Anyone have any idea if I can just purchased the rag joint, or do I need to get the telescoping steering column. I've tried to do a search and came up with nothin.

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