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Old 10-21-2005, 09:37 AM
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23K on center Link

Hey everyone,

66 Lemans 23K original miles on car.
I'm going to purchase a front end kit, age alone has eaten up my front end.
I've read other posts and think my pitman arm should be fine.
wanted to know if I needed to replace my center link, 39 years old but only 23 thousand miles on it? Does it have any rubber parts that could rot?
My understanding at this point is it would only need replacing due to actual use and wear and not really age. Is that correct?

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Replacing old stuff

Just give it a good inspection as you would any other part and if you find no evidence or wear go ahead and use it..Only thing on a center link that I can think of is if it is bent due to collision or if the holes are egged out due to wear..As far as the rest of it if the rubber booties on the tie rod ends are rotted out they may need replacing..If it otherwise tight and solid that may be all that is required..

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Thanks OMT,
I'm pretty sure the tie rod end holes will be fine. I was more concerned about the pitman arm end.
Are the tapered studs the only wearable thing on those ends?
I'm going to have to have this done so I won't have the option of inspecting it when it's apart.
Can't help but wonder why it's blue under all the grease, isn't it supposed to be steel
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Original Paint?

Could be that blue is the original paint on that part..was protected by the greas for all these years..

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yes it was paint, I happen to have blue stabilizer bushings on my stabalizer links and the color was exact.
That's what threw me off. ( my excuse for being uh dumb!)
Got a new poly-graphite super kit from PST on the way,I hear they squeak a bit but I'll deal with that. didn't go with the new center link or pitman arm, I'm hoping they're still fine.
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Center link

Can I jump in here please? Pretty much the same question but for my 72 Mercury Cougar?

So I am in the process of replacing front end parts on my 72 Cougar and have question.
Looking at my Center Link, I can't tell if it should be replaced or just have the bushing replaced.
So when looking at this center link what are the signs for replacing? To me just looks like the bushing are old is all.
I have replaced the steering box, pitman arm, outer tie rods, shocks all around and upper ball joints..
As money comes available, I will replace the Idler arm, inter tie rods center link if needed, otherwise just the bushings.
So any comments to my question will be helpful.
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