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Old 05-07-2009, 07:14 PM
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I was replacing the entire tie rod assemblies so I didn't care about the boots. The pickle fork was a joke, but along with a wheel puller it worked. I left the nut on the tie rod a few turns so when the joint popped loose it didn't fly off and hit something.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:31 PM
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Got it!!

I got it out!! I ended up getting a nice new $30 puller that is adjustable. It still took a bit of pressure to come out; I had to get the 18" extension out. Then once it was out, I had to press down the threaded bolt because it was so smashed that it would not come out of the spindle

Hooray!! It already feels much tighter. Tomorrow I'll be off to the alignment shop once again, but this time I'll actually leave with a straight tracking car! (Well, let's hope so)

Also, no torch needed. For grins, I brought out a lighter and as soon as I turned it on, the tie rod burst into flame! It was scary..I guess I didn't get enough oil off, or some of the pb blaster went up. Hmm. No biggie though, but glad I didn't need to torch it (literally!)
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:54 PM
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torch= fire ext nearby.

glad you got it. I bought the napa balljoint tool like the pic i posted earlier- $35. it worked on all tie rods and ball joints the last time around on a 123.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:45 AM
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Is this the tie rod end or the joint that connects the LCA to the knuckle? If the latter you could take the whole axle half to an indy shop.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:15 AM
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121 dollars. a little pricey but they are worth their weight in gold
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