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Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Apexmaster, January 9, 2020.

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  1. Apexmaster

    Apexmaster New Member

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    hey guys can you name this part? on rear right wheel it is constantly touching the wheel. on rear left it has about half inch gap from inside of wheel

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  3. drdoom

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    Looks like a toe link. Don't drive that.
     
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    I could not make out the picture at first, but now it looks like a "tie rod" broken, very bad, DO NOT DRIVE!
     
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    thank you for reply. on left side i see the same thing but there is about .5 inch gqap from inside rim. what is tie rod doing behind the brake caliper?
     
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    the rear independent suspension uses ball joints and tie rods just like the front end....you need to get that fixed before you drive it, very dangerous
     
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    Apexmaster that part is held into the knuckle by a pinch bolt with a locking nut. Can you get under there and see? Possibly it was not installed all the way in before the pinch bolt was installed, or possibly the end is broken. Don't drive.
     
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    ya once I get over 55mph I start to feel a pretty bad shake coming from rear somewhere. I have not removed tire yet. weather nasty at moment. hopefully the bolt got loose and popped out.
    thank you very much
     
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    I took wheel off this morning, everything is bolted in place. nothing is loose. but when I compare the two the right side tie rod end is like 1/16th of inch away from the rim. other side has over half inch gap on tie rod end to inner of rim.
    reason I am asking is I having horrible shakes after 55mph. I have brand new tires. I just checked all wheel bearings, front shaft, and driveline. I don't see anything loose but I have a horrible shakes.
     
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    What brand of new tires? Sounds like they may not be round. Got a Discount Tire Co? Have them check them for roundness on a hammerhead balancer.
     
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    Tires out of round or not balanced correctly. Once I hat to return to a tire store four times after new tires were installed before they were balanced correctly. They had to recalibrate the machine and I had to tell them to take all the weights off and start over.
     
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    I'd still replace that rear tie rod even if you can't feel any play. Something is not right how it is sitting.
     

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