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Steering Linkage Issues

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by Toy4Life, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Apr 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    I was told I couldn't get my 4Runner aligned because it needed a new Idler Arm and a new Pitman Arm. The shop quoted me something over $400:eek: for the parts/labor, I said no-thanks. I picked up an Idler arm and swapped out the old one...piece of cake. The Pitman Arm had to be ordered and was expected next day. I picked it up along with a puller and got to work. Broke that puller and fuct that whole day(yesterday). Today, went back to the parts store, exchanged the pitman arm puller, went back home and got to work. Finally got the old pitman arm off, put the new one on and tightened every thing down and found a problem.

    The castle nut threads too far up on the stud so that the cotter pin is useless. If I try and remove the part, I'll damage it and be stuck with the cost. Could I use a nut, torqued to spec, to push the castle nut out far enough that it engages with the cotter pin?
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    I've been trying to get this 4Runner roadworthy all week. I need it for a camping trip this weekend.

    I'm broke and frustrated and don't know if I've fixed my vehicle or just made it worse.:annoyed::frusty::help::(
     
  2. Apr 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM
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    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

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    That's what Iwas thinking, don't shim it with washers, torque the spacer nut and then use the castle nut as a lock nut(locking it against replacement nut) and then use cotter pin. By the way, did they sell you the wrong part? Just thinking wht the difference in old and new threaded ends??
     
  3. Apr 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

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    Drill a hole in new part....probably a no no...just a thought
     
  4. Apr 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    You have no idea how relieved I am that you even know what I'm talking about. The Pitman arm fits the shaft splines fine, just on the other end, the stud was longer than the old one and the castle nut was a different size. The threads were the same though. I dunno, I put both castle nuts on and was able to do what I 1st suggested.
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    I don't want to get laughed out of a garage when I try to get it alligned.:eek:
     
  5. Apr 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM
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    Got an alignment today....no questions asked. I'm going camping and trout fishing. Have a good weekend everybody.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

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    Cool, that is not going anywhere. Good luck with the trout
     
  7. Apr 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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  8. Apr 17, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    In case you never heard about it the 89 - 95 4 runners had a recall for the steering relay rod so you may want to check if yours ever had it done
     
  9. Apr 21, 2009 at 1:47 PM
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    Mine was done a few weeks before I bought it. It still has the sticker on it from the local dealership.
     
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