Depending on the linkage configuration, center links may also be called a drag link, connecting arm or steering arm rod.
Worn or bent center links can cause front-end shimmy, vehicle pull to one side, or change in the toe setting, causing excessive tire wear.
- When inspecting the center link, look closely to insure it has not been bent or damaged.
- Grasp the center link firmly and try moving it in all directions.
- Any movement, or sign of damage, is reason for replacement.
- Tapered openings seldom wear but should be checked for enlargement caused by a loose connection. If necessary, replace the center link.