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Alignment after Idler arm change

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Old 09-14-2004, 11:19 AM
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Alignment after Idler arm change

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Will I need to get an alignment on my truck after I change the idler arm. From what I can tell by looking I shouldn't need one. I will be going on vacation after I change the idler arm so I want to be sure I will not experience any problems. 99 F150 5.4L 4wd

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Old 09-14-2004, 10:54 PM
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It won't affect the caster, camber, or toe-in. There will be slight design variances as well as the elimination of previous slack. If it was previously aligned with a worn idler arm, you may need the toe-in moved equally on both sides, if the steering wheel isn't straight.

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Old 09-15-2004, 11:24 AM
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I need to replace mine. Dealer wants $200.00 to replace it. Is there anything special I need to know about replacing it.
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Old 09-15-2004, 11:34 AM
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No, it's straightforward. If you've done any front end work, it should be a piece of cake.
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Old 09-17-2004, 10:41 PM
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I just did my idler arm.Three bolts to remove and I used a hammer vs. pickle fork to pop it off the drag bar.The idler arm itself was $50 from murrys auto.You will need to measure between holes on idler arm to see if you need the 2 1/2 inch or 3 1/2 inch arm.
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Old 09-17-2004, 10:41 PM
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I just did my idler arm.Three bolts to remove and I used a hammer vs. pickle fork to pop it off the drag bar.The idler arm itself was $50 from murrys auto.You will need to measure between holes on idler arm to see if you need the 2 1/2 inch or 3 1/2 inch arm.
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Old 09-23-2004, 12:46 AM
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Did you do anything special about torquing the bolts when you replaced the arm? i dont have a torqe wrench Did you just use a 3/4 inch socket with cheater bar or ?
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