WHAT IS AN IDLER ARM? IS IT PART OF THE STEERING...

2006 Ford Everest

Tiny

Anonymous

October, 25, 2012 AT 4:01 AM

What is an idler arm?
Is it part of the steering system or suspension system?
What is it's purpose?
What are symptoms that it is worn out or defective and needs to be replaced?
Is it critical to safe driving?

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Tiny

Dr. Hagerty

October, 25, 2012 AT 4:13 AM

The idler is part of the steering, it is at the opposite end of the center track to the pitman arm. It is there to assure the center track rod moves through its arc. if worn, the steering will be vague. It is a safety issue.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idler_arm

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