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Tie Rods, Tie Rod End Question

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Toy4Life, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    I bought a fixer upper 92 4Runner 4x4 V6. I'm trying to diagnose a steering/suspension issue. I noticed, somewhat at random, that the front wheels will shimmy severely. I have it up on jack stands and the wheels have quita a bit of play side to side. Is this tie rods or ball joints? If it is tie rods, how do you figure out which tie rod end needs replaced.

    Also, is it just coincidence that this problem wasn't evident during a previous test drive or during the 60 mile drive home after purchase? The very next time I drove this 4Runner after bringing it home. this problem surfaced.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Hard to tell from your description. Grab the TRE's and see if you can feel if they are loose.
     
  3. Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    I'll look into it. I've never dealt with tie rods before.
     
  4. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    You amy want to look at the steering rack bushings, as they will cause some shimmy if the rack bushings are gone.
     
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    4.10 gears, sliders, lots of buttons, and yellow flashing lights on the dash.
    Oh, and to check the ball joint, remove the tire, and pull on the spindle to see if you can feel any movement in the joint.
     
  6. Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    Sorry Chris, compared to the Tacoma, this runner is very foreign to me. The Tacoma was my 1st 4wd. This.........it's like starting from scratch. The tie rod ends seem a little loose and the little grease boots are torn. I'm guessing that alone is enough to replace them.
     
  7. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Yep. Thats a good indicator.
     
  8. Toy4Life

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    Thanks Chris. I'll look into the rack bushings as well.
     
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    I cant remember if the 94 Runner has a R&P or Rec. Ball. I'll see what I can dig up.
     
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    I can't find a rack.
     
  11. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Its a Rec. Ball steering. Not hard to work on.
     
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Did you get my PM?
     
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