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Changing a 96 dodge intrepid rack bushing on crossmember

I have the old bushing out but there isn't anything left of it but the metal. The new ones won't fit so I think maybe there is metal sheeth still inside rack. It kind of looks like it but I can't determine. There is a groove that looks like there might be. I just want to be sure it is before I go trying to rip it off and beat on it.
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  • edward80 May 11, 2010

    are you talking about the inner tie rod end bushings?

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If you are talking about the inner tie rod bushings, the small round ones that go inside the tie rod, there is a metal plate with 2 holes that goes onto it and a fastener lock plate. The factory bushings can be hell to install. I recommend getting the Moog replacement kit which easily install and last longer in the hot oily environment they are in. Note: The fasteners are finely threaded and MUST me torqued properly and then locked with the new lock plate in the kit.

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