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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-12-11, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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2000 Mercury Grand M My daughter just called me and said when ever she turns the steering wheel she hears a popping coming from under the front of the car. She had a friend turn the wheel while she got under to see. She said there was a long arm coming from the driver side wheel that went to a coupling like thing and when she turned the wheel the knuckle thing popped up and down and made the noise. anybody know what she is talking about

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Tie-rod end is bad. Get it fixed soon. Check the links below. The first pic at the second link shows the steering gear in situ.

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If it's a t/rod end that is jumping up / down , needs to be replaced ASAP .
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Floater 3 , just seen your post with pics and amended as needed , cheers .
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It's the idler arm, I have never put one on before. How hard is it and what special tools would I need. I have done a lot of mechanic work but not this. I don't think my daught has the money to have a shop to put it on. NAPA has part 32.99 but someone said they charge you alot for labor like 200.00
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They are easy to replace. The nuts are all that have to be removed. The studs are peened into the frame. Since you've done some mechanical work, I'd say. go for it.

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driver side looseness would be pitman arm from gear box... if its the idler... you might need the center link and stuff since the sleeve connecting the idler is usually what wears out...


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The center link on a 2000 is different than the older ones. Haven't had a problem with them.

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