New Idler Bracket Tight to Turn
Last night I replaced idler arm and bracket, pitman arm, inner and outer tie rods, lower ball joints, upper control arms, shocks, cv axles, steering shock, center link (of whatever its called), brakes and links. Basically everything in the front.
Immediately I found the steering to be incredibly stiff. It requires some effort to turn the wheel (while the truck is on stands with no tires installed). I know the idler arm on the bracket wouldn't turn without a lot of force. To get it to move I had to stand on the bracket and use both hand to move the idler arm on the pivot.
Is this normal? I haven't drove it yet with power steering, but to me it looks like I have problem here. I know my knuckle assembly moved free before I installed the tie rods, so I know its not the the ball joins or cv axle.