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Tighten Up Worn Tie Rod/ Rod End.


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#1 truckintyler OFFLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Kind of a temporary fix, I did this to a few craftsmans
Pretty much go around the ball socket with a centre punch and try to force the metal back into shape.
I spray some chain lube in and there tight and lubed.
* don't get too close to the ball, stay about 2-3mm away so you get a little more steel moved *

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Great idea!

It also works to whack the end of the socket [with the ball already inside] with a big hammer kinking the socket hole and it will hold for many more years.


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:03 AM

Since I took my MF12 apart for a restore I noticed mine are a bit sloppy. I wondered if anyone has ever done this.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:45 AM

I just thought of it one day when a customer of mine who bought a gt4000 craftsman didn't like the sloppy steering,
Besides shimming the steering box I also did this and it was like a new tractor. That was last year and haven't heard back from him.
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Posted October 07, 2013 - 03:10 PM

That's good to know. I've heard of doing this before but the picture really shows us exactly how you do it. Thanks for posting this! 






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