atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#288: Jalopy Adventure part WTF

The front tie rod end was $12 at AutoZone. Wow. The last time I needed a tie-rod end it was something like $65, installed.

Anyway the tie rod end came apart while I was trying to remove it. Looks like I caught it in time, because if I'd kept driving with that thing, sooner or later it would have busted apart while I was driving. They should be strong enough to hold together during assembly/disassembly.

I don't know when it was last greased, but the stuff inside couldn't really be called "grease" any more. In fact, even if I had greased that thing, I don't think I could have forced that stuff out; it had hardened to the consistency of clay. The new end came pre-greased and I pumped in some more just to be safe.

And I think I'll replace the other side tomorrow morning, before I take it to get aligned.

The rear struts were not a problem. Having complete assemblies really helped make the job faster. If I'd had to change springs or something it would have taken a lot longer. As it was, it was still a couple hours out in the cold, with my glasses fogging up....

Now the rear end juts 'way up into the air, like some kind of hot rod. The springs will take some time to settle, of course.

The only problem I found--other than the broken springs--was that the strut tower on the right side has begun to rust out. There's still plenty of good metal there, but I think I'll be learning to weld this summer, so I'll weld in some new metal then--probably just a patch since it's a jalopy.

The fun never ends.

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