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Tie rods Cna you maybe tell me where he can look he can't see where it is holding together.

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  • masters7302 Jan 11, 2009

    He has done that but can't see where the pin or whatever is.

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If hes been turning them he needs to go one way or the other as far as he can to see if he can see it at the end when it stops and if he dosent find it thtta way turn it the other way and do the came thing he may have to run his fingers over it to locaet it but there is either a kotter pin or screw holing it in place probably a kotter pin

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  • Ronnie Houston Jan 11, 2009

    is there a nut at the end of the pivot point?

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