Tie rod adjustment question

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Old 05-31-13, 09:46 PM
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Tie rod adjustment question

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!999 Ford E-350 diesel cargo van. 350,000+ miles

I replaced the left side outer tie rod end. Usually I'm pretty accurate and get the new one adjusted right from the start..... but not this time.

The van pulls to the left....do I need to bring the left wheel in or out to correct the problem ?
 
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Souns like it is toed out trying to go to the cornfield.
 
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Old 06-01-13, 09:16 AM
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Wow..... no guesses either bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb


Normally I'd just take it to the alignment place and have it done but I'm going to be doing other work that will require it to be done again. This big van doesn't fit under the discount rate alignment.

Now I'm going to have to go and do it experimentally.
 
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Old 06-01-13, 10:11 AM
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Thanks retired wrench. That was the direction I was going to assume it was pointing in and try bringing it in first.
 
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Have you tried adjusting the toe using a tape measure? I've had good results with setting a block of wood against each tire and taking the measurements off of that. 1/8" toed in is usually fairly close ...... least ways on the older trucks I've worked on.
 
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I've tried that type of idea in the past by using metal straight edges. Didn't seem to work to well. Can't remember why though.
 
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I started doing it yrs ago when I found out most alignment shops would only set the toe on a 51 ford F-1 and still charge the full $10 ..... I said it was yrs ago

Depending on tire size, I've used anything from a 4x4 laying on a cinder block to blocking a 2x6 up against the wheel. The main thing is to keep the board tight to the front and back side of the tire. My 76 F-100 4x4 was toed out something fierce when I first bought it 13 yrs ago. I've set the toe 2-3 times with a tape measure, never have gotten it to an alignment shop but tire wear is good
 
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Old 06-01-13, 03:02 PM
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I haven't gotten back to it today but I'll give your method another try.
 
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Jack it up and hold an ice pick or something similar against the tread while rotating the wheel. This will scribe a straight line that you can measure to that removes wheel and tire run out. Have the weight on the tires when measuring.
 
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