Drag Link Replacement: A Step-by-Step Guide
Is your steering loose and unresponsive? Do you have a hard time controlling your tires using your steering wheel? Or do you feel like you are always in danger because you don't have much control over your vehicle anymore? If you are, you'd better check your system because you might just need to replace your vehicle's current drag link component. You see, this long rod, which is attached to your steering gearbox and idler arm, helps control your car's steering capabilities. If it becomes worn out and damaged, your wheels won't be properly aligned and you'll definitely have a hard time maneuvering your ride to the direction you want to. To fix this glitch in your car, you'd better follow the steps below to take out and replace your busted drag link with a new and improved auto part.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Things to prepare:
- Jack and jack stands
- Metric wrench set
- Ratchet and socket set
- Needle nose pliers
- Cotter pins
- Wire cutter
- Removing tool for your ball joint and tie rod end
- New drag link
Step 1: Raise and support the front part of your vehicle using the jack and jack stands. Raise it until you have enough working space beneath your ride. After that, remove the cotter pins from your idler and tie rods. Also, don't forget to remove the nuts of the idler, tie rod ends, and pitman arm.
Step 2: Next, remove the tie rods using the tie rod remover tool. Then, get a hammer to pound your tire rods out of your assembly. Use the tie rod remover to take out the idler arm, pitman arm, and drag link.
Step 3: Once all those components have been removed, you can begin installing your new drag link by inserting the pitman arm threads into your drag link. Keep the attachment loose and install the threads of the idler arm to the drag link. Next, use a hammer to very lightly tap the head of your tie rod, which will force it into to the idler arm. Use a wrench to tighten the pitman arm's connecting nut.
Step 4: Get both of your inner tie rods and attach them to the spindles. Secure the connection by tightening the nuts and installing cotter pins.
Step 5: To make this attachment efficient and stress free, grease all the ends of the components to keep them lubricated and efficient.