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Hi Iam new here and I need some help. I am working on my 55 with manual steering. I just replaced the long bushing in the idler arm. It moves on the bracket fine but the one in the draglink is seized or rigid. Thats my question How does this work? are they supposed to move?, should you grease the shaft that goes through it? It makes the steering really rubbery, keep in mind my car is on stands with no motor in it right now. Thanks for any advice. :bowtieb:
 

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Nothing turns on the original rubber idler arm bushings. The rubber flexes. The nuts are tightened down in the straight ahead position, so you have equal flex in both directions. The rubber will get stiff and make it harder to flex. ....http://www.trifive.com/garage/55%20Chevy%20Assembly%20Manual/9-2.gif It should not turn on the bracket or it will wear the bracket.
There is a ball bearing kit available that replaces the rubber with bearings, known as "Poor mans power steering" although it's not that cheap. :rolleyes: ....http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-idler-arm-bearing-conversion-kit-1955-1957.html
 

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Thanks don I wasnt sure which way was correct. Now I will tighten them down properly. :blowtiedb:
 
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