2007 dodge ram 3500 5.9 liter cummins diesel 2WD tie rod end repa
I have a 2007 dodge ram 3500 1 ton 5.9 liter cummins diesel 2wd. i was told i have a tie rod end that needs replaced. i have the new one & was prepared to install it. but upon looking at the one i was to replace & the (supposedly) good one to compare, i could visibly see no difference. my main question is how do i tell if an existing tie rod end is bad & needs replaced. i have a clymer book for my truck but it just shows a picture of the entire assembly in good shape. your assistance is appreciated.
Try moving the ends of the tie rod. there should be a metal sticking out of the rubber ball like part at the end. A worn out tie rod would be easily moved with bear hands while a new one will take some muscle.
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Removing Tie Rod End Attaching Nut Nut is to be removed from tie rod end using the following procedure, hold tie rod end stud with a 11/32 socket while loosening and removing nut with wrench Removing Tie Rod End Attaching Nut Remove the tie rod end from steering knuckle arm, using Remover, Special Tool MB-991113 Tie Rod End Removal From Steering Knuckle .Remove the upper ball joint stud from the steering knuckle using Puller, Special Tool, C3894-A Ball Joint Stud .-----------------------The procedure is :--
Do NOT pound on the outside of the hub. First you will need a 5 inch long half inch drive socket extension. Start the 4 hub bolts about half way, then witha helper hold the extension between one of the 4 bolts and the axle housing then have the helper turn the steering wheel to push on the bolt and hub. If it is really rusted in you might have to start the truck to get more pressure on it while turning.
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Are the tie rod ends tight? Is the trac bar (frame end) tight? The steering boxes on these trucks require more input that a 1/2 ton truck or a car. How is the alignment? The caster on these should be set to about 5 degrees, the original specs allow a lot of wandering.
I had the same problem on a 94 dodge with the cummins. It seems the crank sensor that reads from a notch on the harmonic balancer was the problem Without this sensor reading that the engine is running the alternator wont charge. Possibly the same problem with yours