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How to replace an Idler Arm
_Objective: Students will remove and install a new idler arm assembly on a 1995 GMC Jimmy.
Lesson vocabulary: Idler Arm, Center Link, Tie Rod seperator, Taper Joint
Students removed the skid pan. Next, the students removed the taper joint nut. The student took a tie rod separator, pickle fork. This was used to "pop" the taper joint between the idler arm and the center link.
Students, then removed the frame carry-through bolts from the idler arm assembly.
"It was hard to remove the bolts that went through the frame, and it was extremely difficult to separate the idler arm from the center link."
How to replace an Outer Tie Rod
Objective: Identify and determine what parts of the car needed repair due to a severe front-end vibration.
Lesson vocabulary: outer tie rod, inner tie rod, rack and pinion unit
Today, students got under the car and tried to identify why a car was shaking when it reached highway speeds. Students have been taught the basics about tie rods, wheel bearings, ball joint, strut, and strut plates.
After a review students were asked to identify, prioritized the replacement orders of the parts, and repair the problem at large, so the vibration would cease.