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Old 01-14-2011, 11:09 AM
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idler arm replacment

ok i know how to do it any everything, but i know i can save alot of $ if i get it offline. now when i look up the part it gives one 12mm and 14mm bracket. are these just the size of the heads of the bolts that hold it on?? or how would i identify the difference. i have 5.2 4x4 sport
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i think its 14mm.. i forgot, did mine a little over a year ago.
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You mean belt tensioner, right? The idler pulley doesn't have an arm and doesn't move. Whats wrong with it? Is it broken, or seized up or its internal spring broke? If not, your problem is most likely just the pulley which is simple to replace and a lot cheaper then the entire unit.

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You mean belt tensioner, right? The idler pulley doesn't have an arm and doesn't move. Whats wrong with it? Is it broken, or seized up or its internal spring broke? If not, your problem is most likely just the pulley which is simple to replace and a lot cheaper then the entire unit.

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No I believe he is replacing the Idler Arm as in steering.
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No I believe he is replacing the Idler Arm as in steering.
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resurrecting this thread to see if anyone else has some input.

I have a '99 Dak (3.9, 4x4, stick) and I'm looking to do all of the front suspension parts (idler arm, steering arm, tie-rod ends, ball-joints, etc) and see that I have to select either 12 or 14mm. Granted I can pull one of the bolts and measure it up (if they're referencing the thread diameter) but wanted to see if anyone knows this answer.
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you would think you could go to the dealer with your VIN and they could tell you. also i pulled the whole steering box to take off the pitman arm, makes things alot easier
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you would think you could go to the dealer with your VIN and they could tell you. also i pulled the whole steering box to take off the pitman arm, makes things alot easier
true. You would think they could do that. ...I called 3 local Dodge dealerships, gave them everything, even gave one my VIN and all 3 said they can order the part based on VIN and it would be the correct size, however the part description does not have any details about 12 or 14mm. BS? Don't know. But it does suck not to know.
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best thing is to just pull the idler when you plan on replacing and bring it to the part store and do a side by side comparison, check and see if they have both in stock. chances are its the 14 if you have 4x4 i dont know what kind of steering the 2wd trucks have, because i know the RT is rack and pinion style
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was just out there yesterday de-griming the engine bay and took a look at the idler arm. Based just on looks, the bolt is definitely not a 12mm diameter (definitely larger) so I'm just going to assume it's the 14, buy the kit, and hope like hell it's the right piece.

Will post an update after I get the chance to try it out.
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