Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver Island
Re: Idler Arm etc...
We just got back Thursday afternoon from vacation. Was car show in Nelson BC, where I have family. Approximately 345 vintage cars, hot rods and customized cars. Was great show. We put on about 1030 miles (1620 km) on the Galaxie and not any problems. Car run like a fine tuned watch. There are 4 major mountain passes to go up and down. My fuel mileage worked out to 17.2 miles per imperial gallon which is okay for speed we travel and extra weight carried.
Glad to see you got other opinion on your new bushings and idler arm bushings.
The previous message regarding the rubber bushings, this will have some bearing on returning the wheels straight because of tension on rubber. Also at one time there was a idler arm kit that actually had a small ball bearing set up for each end of the idler arm and it had grease fittings. I know because I took one off one of the parts cars I parted out a few years back. I still have it.
Therefore the tension on the rubber bushings does have some effect in helping return the wheels straight, its actually the caster set up on the suspension that returns the wheels. The real purpose of the idler arm is to support and steady the end of the steering arm rod. Wheels must be straight ahead position when idler arm bushings are tightened and weight of the car on rest of suspension when tightening lower and upper control arm bushings. Cheers, Bob