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Old 06-12-2021, 10:48 AM   #1
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Bent Steering bar?

I have a 1999 F53 based Rexair. I need to replace the steering rod ends as they have play in them. Firstly, NOBODY lists the correct parts. All the parts are completely different to what I have, which is a single long bar with 2 identical rod ends at the ends. One end of the long bar has a bend in it though and I can't see any reason for it, I'm wondering if it got knocked at some point or is this normal? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-12-2021, 11:16 AM   #2
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The bend is not normal, it hit something.

We used to straighten them on street sweepers. They bent them often.

The tie rod ends are not the same, one is right hand thread and the other is left hand thread. That way you turn the rod to lengthen or shorten it, to set tow in.
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The bend is not normal, it hit something.

We used to straighten them on street sweepers. They bent them often.

The tie rod ends are not the same, one is right hand thread and the other is left hand thread. That way you turn the rod to lengthen or shorten it, to set tow in.
A FORD dealership will have the correct parts
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Old 06-12-2021, 12:26 PM   #4
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A FORD dealership will have the correct parts
Take your VIN number to a FORD dealership parts dept. You should not drive this vehicle until repaired, your toe in alignment is obviously compromised
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Any ideas on the part

I'm miles from a Ford dealer. I've been through all the parts catalogs but not one has this type of Tie Rod setup. They all seem tp be a small left tie rod and then a long right one with a hole in it. Am I searching for the right thing? I'm British so maybe its called something else in the USA?


Edit: Found it: 6U9Z-3280-A or F81Z3280AC
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Do a search for: F53 tie rod.


The other option is to reset TOE-IN A tape measure is the all the "special equipment" you need.


This assumes there is not play in the tie rod ends.



Said another way, not sure a "bend" is significant IF (ya, large IF) you can set toe-in properly.
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Do a search for: F53 tie rod.


The other option is to reset TOE-IN A tape measure is the all the "special equipment" you need.


This assumes there is not play in the tie rod ends.



Said another way, not sure a "bend" is significant IF (ya, large IF) you can set toe-in properly.
He stated that the ends had play in them. He wants to replace them.
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I'm miles from a Ford dealer. I've been through all the parts catalogs but not one has this type of Tie Rod setup. They all seem tp be a small left tie rod and then a long right one with a hole in it. Am I searching for the right thing? I'm British so maybe its called something else in the USA?


Edit: Found it: 6U9Z-3280-A or F81Z3280AC
Dropping your solution to the bottom, so others can more readily find it.
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