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Idler arms - can they fall apart?

It's only a few months since I replaced all the tie rod ends on my van, all looked fine then...

But today I was under there as I replaced my V-belts and noticed that both idler arms are pretty much flogged out. The stud can move up and down freely.

Is it possible for these to come apart? I've got a very big trip in the offing and I will have to get the idler arms from the USA, which will take time.

Am I likely to have a serious problem here?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-07-2019, 09:02 AM
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No, they can't slip off from being worn since they're between two framing members with a bolt through the center.
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Thanks for coming back so quickly...

Not that end, unfortunately, I wouldn't have asked about that end, though it's all pretty good anyway.

It's the end with the tapered mounts for the tie-rod cross shaft - which I can't think of the right name for now - which is flogged out.

Can those come out if worn badly?
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It's the end with the tapered mounts for the tie-rod cross shaft - which I can't think of the right name for now - which is flogged out.

Can those come out if worn badly?
Yes they can.
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How long before such a disaster happens?

They've only done at most a few hundred miles since wearing out, I'd imagine the ball in there is bigger than the hole in the arm, any ideas how many miles I might do before they come apart?
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How long before such a disaster happens?
There is no way for me to know that even if I was there in person to inspect them. Your best guess will come down to how much play they currently have in them. If there's a lot of play then the risk of them failing is higher than if there is little play.
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