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Old 03-10-2010, 12:29 AM
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Ok, so I don't really have specific parts to show you. I'm just getting around to addressing my loose steering issue. Problem is, I don't really know much about a front end. Looking under the front of my Dodge, it seems pretty "busy" and I'm really new to Dodge's and 4wd's.

Can anyone suggest a good schematic of some sort so I can figure out the parts that I need? I can see some worn bushings and I'm just trying to figure out what they are called.

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Hayne's Manual for that year has a pretty good picture of the underside front end. I'll try to scan and post it later today, when I get home. Might be a good idea to invest in one, if you want to do some work on your own. I'll check the manual to see what I'm getting myself into, and whether or not I should pay someone to do it.
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For me personally I firmly believe if you're a reasonably competent mechanic - do front end/steering/suspension work yourself.

Over the years I've found that bushes, as a rule, are reasonably cheap to replace, however the work involved is often long winded and as such you get hammered with labor charges. So an $80 bush replacement ends up costing you $500 bucks to have done in a shop.

Of course, you are dealing with serious stuff that needs to be done right for your safety and that of other road users, so if you're not confident then swallow it and pay a professional.

Probably not that helpful regards of what you need, but just though the opinion might help
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Well to run the 44 you have a front driveshaft, which moves the front half shafts. The half shafts are what turn the front wheels when 4x4 is engaged. I just had all this replaced in my truck since my 4x4 was acting up. Thank god for warranty
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Not the best picture but this should help .
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Toms,
Thanks for the pic. What I was looking for was the bushing connected between the pitman arm and center link...I think. Hard to remember exactly, but mine seems more complicated than what's in the pic. Anyway, that is the one I'm seeing the most play in. I also see a little play in the inner tie rod end. Everything else doesn't look all that great, but no "play" to speak of...just a little dry and cracked. I really think I need to have all of the bushings replaced, but I need to address a couple other repairs first. I'm hoping I can replace a couple bushings, get an alignment, and then have the rest done professionally this summer.

Anyone know if these two bushings are hard to replace? By looking at them, it seems they would be very easy to do. Of course, looks can be blah blah blah.

I've been busy with work and have only been by the parts store down the road from my house. They didn't have my Haynes manual. Will check around as soon as I get the chance, but it may be a few days. Also moving to a new place pretty soon, so dealing with that as well. Yuck.
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The pic that was posted above was of a 2wd front end. Yours will be different. What you are referring to is the drag link.......I think.


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The pic that was posted above was of a 2wd front end. Yours will be different. What you are referring to is the drag link.......I think.


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I think you're right and I figured that was for 2wd. Good call!
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Thanks for the pic. What I was looking for was the bushing connected between the pitman arm and center link...I think. Hard to remember exactly, but mine seems more complicated than what's in the pic. Anyway, that is the one I'm seeing the most play in. I also see a little play in the inner tie rod end. Everything else doesn't look all that great, but no "play" to speak of...just a little dry and cracked. I really think I need to have all of the bushings replaced, but I need to address a couple other repairs first. I'm hoping I can replace a couple bushings, get an alignment, and then have the rest done professionally this summer.

Anyone know if these two bushings are hard to replace? By looking at them, it seems they would be very easy to do. Of course, looks can be blah blah blah.

I've been busy with work and have only been by the parts store down the road from my house. They didn't have my Haynes manual. Will check around as soon as I get the chance, but it may be a few days. Also moving to a new place pretty soon, so dealing with that as well. Yuck.
Might want to go check out www.rockauto.com . They have good prices and show pictures of the part your looking at . Just need to click on the Blue I .
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