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Front steering stabilizer???

Just the past few days I have noticed the truck starting to pull a little to the left as I drive. It doesn't do it all the time. I will be driving it then it starts pulling to the left then I hear a 'pop' then it seems fine.

I looked under the truck with my brother-in-law and he said my bushing are too loose on the front stabilizer(? not sure if this is what it is called but it has a grease fitting on each end with an adjustable part in the middle, it is towards the front and down low. He said I would need an alignment after replacing) We can manually move this bar with our hand about 1" of play.

I also notice a POPping as I drive coming from what sounds like the front left suspension/ wheel well area. That has me concerned as well.

Any ideas?

Any recomendations for replacement parts if needed?

Basically it is a stock work/driver truck.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-18-2009, 03:50 AM
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STOP DRIVEING IT!!
Thatís the tie rod and when it falls off you won't have steering!

If you want to fix it yourself you need a tie rod end puller, it looks like a "C" with a bolt through its side. Or it can be done with a a pickle fork since you wonít be reusing the rubber boots but the puller is much less work.

Take a tape measure and measure from the grease fittings on the left to the one on the right and match that distance when you have the new ends on it . . . this way you can drive it to the alignment shop when youíre done. Replace them all when you have it apart and have a 4 wheel alignment done after they are in.

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Thanks

Thanks for the input. I took it to my mechanic and it turned out it was the left front wheel bearings.

I am also going to have them look at the tie rod as well.
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