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Hello,
I just purchased a new front steering drag link (the longest one with the hole in it.) It's an AC Delco Professional Grade drag link.

There's no slop in the ball/stud but I can move it around with my thumb. It seems like I should really have to force it to move.

Did I get a bad one? Or is this normal?
 

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Stop overthinking everything. Dude. These joints are designed to move.
 

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TheUnforgiven said:
Stop overthinking everything. Dude. These joints are designed to move.
Heh, you know me, I overthink everything. But it's also because I want to make sure what little hard earned money I have is well spent.
I know they're designed to move, but how much is the question. It just didn't seem *tight*.

Yeah, but there should be more preload than that, and you know it.
That's what I was wondering about. It seems like I should at least have to put some effort into moving it.

If there's nothing wrong with it, fine, but I'd rather swap it out/exchange it if something's not right before I spend the time installing and the $60 for an alignment. :thumbup
 

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If they are super loose and have little to no resistance ask to have it swapped out. However they are supposed to move with a
little stiffness. They shouldn't be stupid tight either.
 

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Just to ease my mind, I took it down to the local shop that I go to. The guy was surprised it was new and gave it a big thumbs down. He said they normally have to brace it with something else to get them to move into place when installing them.

I'll get an exchange.
 

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Okay, exchanged it and the second one was just as sloppy. (Seriously, I could move it around with my thumb like a joystick on a game controller). AC Delco is normally good stuff, the ball joints I just got from them are great.

Sent it back and got my money back and ordered a MOOG replacement. It was so tight I had to use both hands to move it around. Much better. Should make a big difference in my steering.

Glad I was over thinking it. :D
 

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Smart of you to try a different brand. I'd rather start out stiff. :toothless:toothless:toothless

You know it's just a matter of time before you end up sloppy.:toothless:toothless:toothless
 

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some of the different ball and socket joints tighten up when you install them .
read the moog balljoint instructions it says it all
 
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