July 7, 2004Okay, so I found someoen who will fix my steering knuckle with the broken stud, and install new balljoints for under $100. Now I discovered another issue. the axles arent straight on the truck. Is it hard to straighten them out? I don`t mean bent, I mean they are mounted crocked. Knowing absolutly nothing about lifted trucks, what do I need to do to remedy this?
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July 7, 2004The Locating Pin in one, or more, of your spring packs is broken.
Just got through replacing them on my Jeep as it had allowed the rear axle to sit crooked. Itâ€™s not too hard to do, but youâ€™ll need a couple of sturdy jack stands to hold the frame up while you remove the differential and replace the locating pin and install new u-bolts.
July 7, 2004I agree and, in case you were unsure what the locating pin is, it`s the pin sitting on top of the spring pad when you pull the spring off. Looks like a nipple. Then going through the spring pack there is a center pin holding each leaf in place. Check both pins. It will be very clear to you when you pull the spring off the axle.
July 8, 2004Seriously, My springs do not look like they have these. Either that or one of the springs is on backwards. So I will have to repalce the U bolts and nuts? Where can I find these?
July 8, 2004All leaf springs have them, itâ€™s what keeps you axle from floating around on the leaf spring, like yours is currently doing.
Look at the Leaf Spring Perch thatâ€™s welded to the Axle Tube. The Locating Pin sits in a hole in the middle of the Spring Perch and threads through the Leaf Spring Pack.
I recommended changing the U-Bolts because they stretch over time so itâ€™s a bad idea to try and reuse the old ones, but if your not going to replace the Locating Pin then thereâ€™s no need to get new ones.
If you are going to replace the Locating Pins then you can get U-Bolts from just about any parts store. I got mine from the local NAPA, which is also where I got my Locating Pins.