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Old 12-19-2007, 01:02 PM
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123 1079 300D Center Link Replacement ?

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I am sure there is a quick answer to this so thank you in advance. I looked and couldn't find anything that covers replacement of the center link.

With a tie rod I could bang on the bolt head after the nut was removed and finally get the old rod decompressed and off...

With the center link, however, it is seemingly impossible to do the same thing because the bolts stick up and I can't get any leverage from the top. So the question is how do I get the bolts to loosen up?
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:09 PM
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two hammers.
one on the side of the part the bolt goes through, and one hit the opposite side.
pops it right out. do not hit the bolt itself, this causes it to bind.
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:31 PM
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You can buy what is usually called a "pickle fork" which is a U-shaped tool with a taper on each side that is pounded in and forces the two parts apart. This many times tears the boot, but if you are replacing it anyway, doesn't make a difference. Another crude method is to get a bar between the arm and tie-rod end to apply leverage while you pound on the side of the arm with the through hole for the rod end. And of course there are dedicated custom removers if you want to pay the money.
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Old 12-19-2007, 02:04 PM
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Pickle fork will work. Dry ice will make it come out like it was never stuck before.
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