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Old 01-13-2011, 02:04 PM
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Drag Link Removal

OK. I've done a search and can't find anything about this.
I have an 05 F250 and my drag link has gone bad. I have the new one and looked at changing it out. Does anyone have any tips for removing the 1" nut that connects it to the pitman arm? For some reason Ford felt it was a good idea to have it face up toward the radiator and is very hard to get to. Theres not a whole lot of room. All the ones i've taken off before required a air gun. Not happening here. Again any help?
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:42 PM
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Just did mine last Sunday, really simple. Hard part was actually removing the drag link from the pitman arm once I got the nut off. I just used an open end wrench with a 3' cheater bar. I was a little worried about how to torgue when I got it all back together, but since some rocket scientist put the nut facing upward I did the white knuckle torque then placed the cheater bar back on and tighten down 1/4 a turn. I also changed all tie rod ends as well, simple to get to and I used a torgue wrench on those, 85 ftlbs. Used a tape measure to ensure my alignment was good, was 1/8 " off on driver side but was too tired and cold to mess with that. The very next day i drove the truck to a local shop to have the front end aligned. The Tech looked over everything and said all was good. I was only 1 degree off, still had to pay 64 bucks for the alignment. He did mentioned that the left front lower ball joint was still good but had a little play, dang i missed that. plan to replace them all, but that will have to wait until it gets warm. BTW, I used all Moog parts.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:46 PM
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Did not see where you was from, I am in Havelock....
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