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Old 01-01-2003, 05:00 PM
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Tie Rod Bushing DIY??

I just got 4 new tires, so when i went to get them aligned, they said they couldn't do it because it would just come out of alignment as soon as I started to drive, due to me right tie rod bushing. The guy said it would be a tough job due to the exhaust system being in the way, when i got home and looked at it, it looked doable. But i just need to know if i can do it without dropping the exhaust system and which parts to I need exactly... I have a repair manual and I have added the picture to show you where the problem is.
Thanks in advence

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Old 01-01-2003, 06:08 PM
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Hey Chris, I couldn't view your picture for some reason??? However, on a W124, replacing ANY steering linkage component is easy. What's all this about the exhaust system being in the way? Am I missing something? Are you talking about the idler arm bushing? MORE INFO!!!
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Old 01-01-2003, 07:07 PM
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YES!! Thats it, the idler arm bushing. If im correct the tie rod connects to a small piece that comes off of that called the 'intermediate arm'. Can I replace that without messing with the exhaust??

heres the pic again, i fixed it

oh and whats the torque for that screw, I have a manual that was made in Europe, so they call some stuff different names and I don't always know what there referring to.


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Old 01-01-2003, 10:15 PM
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Just did mine....

Hiya Chris, having just rebuilt my idler arm there are several ways to go about doing it. 1) if you can get the old bushings out then tilt the bolt to get it out replace in reverse order. 2) drop the exhaust pipe out of the way to change it. 3) this is how I did it after researching on here, loosen the bolt and cut the head off, when reassembling bolt goes in from the bottom w/locknut on top. If I remember correctly the torque is 110 nm
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Old 01-02-2003, 03:24 AM
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thanks Bruce,
I was thinking about doing something like that, but i wasn't sure if you could put it on backwards.

I'll prolly have a few more questions soon, i also couldn't get an alignment due to all of my rear cambering bushings being bad
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Old 01-02-2003, 11:27 AM
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Hi Chris,

Not sure what they ment by tie rod bushing? I replaced all my tie rods and no bushings.

anyway, here is a detailed link to the idler arm job.

It's all there, straight forward job, no problem.


idler arm / exhaust and ball joint
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