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Old 08-29-2002, 12:48 PM
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tie rod removal - no more pickle forks or hammers

Just a post for anyone contemplating removing tie rods or upper control arms/guide joints ... use a real tie rod puller- it is worth the $90 that performance sells them for.

I spent several hours removing approximately 5 joints on a couple of different projects. A couple of times, the pickle fork parted the tie rod to steering knuckle easily (with only a few minutes of beating). But several times, I pounded, repeatedly, with much fustration, until I was blue in the face and still couldn't get the joint apart.

Some of the other techniques like hitting the female side of the tie rod ball and using PB buster we not helpful. In any case, the boots for the joints and the joints themselves are always destroyed.

Now with the Kukko tie rod puller from performance, loosen the cap nut a few turns, put the puller on and plink, the joint is opened. I haven't ruined a boot/joint in more than 5 uses.

Now I can save my fustration for freeing frozen brake caliper bolts.
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Old 08-29-2002, 01:18 PM
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How do you order these, I have been looking for a good one too. Have destroyed more pullers than joints though! Replacing my lower ball joints has still been an unrelenting task for me, still won't yield to taking it to a shop!

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Old 08-29-2002, 02:20 PM
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I got this one.

Here is the link of the tool I bought

http://www.************************/product_page.asp?attFlag=0&appFlag=0&productname=Tie+Rod+End+Remover&productfamily=&subcat=&category=&make=MERCEDES%2DBENZ&model=300SDL&submodel=+&series=126&year=1987&vehicletype=CAR&keyword=&vendorid=&search=keyword

Here may be a picture...

Last weekends project was lower ball joint replacement. It went pretty easy with a rented press in tool, but I had the wrong grease seals and that caused a three day delay. With the press, it is a very doable DIY project.

In using this tool, it seemed like it is best to wait at least 20 seconds before tightening it more. Tighten, wait, often the joint plinks off before you need to tighten the puller more. In terms of removing the lower joint from the knuckle, I didn't use a tool- one joint removed itself, the other one, I hit with a 3LB hammer 5 times and it popped off. A special puller exists for removing the lowers, but I have not heard that it is usually needed.

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Old 08-29-2002, 03:10 PM
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Thanks

Does it have a warranty, I'm hard on my tools, as I get agrivated and impatient quickly when a tool breaks or fails? That's why I don't fear spending big $ on tools, but hate spending for someone else to do it.

You know the feeling I'm sure...

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Old 06-22-2004, 11:20 PM
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tie rod puller cannot find it

surfblau, I am trying to find that Kukko tie rod puller in their website but cannot find it. Do you have a direct link to it?

Thanks,
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:35 PM
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I used that kind a few months ago on the SEL, and I must say, it was a breeze! Within a minute, I had each end apart.

I give it 2 thumbs up.
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:42 PM
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Not as nice quality, but only $17.99. Used it many times...no problems. http://www.jcwhitney.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=3140&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&Ns=p_MIN_PRICE%7C1&storeId=10101
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Old 06-23-2004, 08:21 AM
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I don't remember how much my tie rod end puller cost. I've probably had it 35 years or so. Of course, my puller requires practice and experience, but it never fails for me. It also makes a great ball peen hammer for other chores.

If you whack the Pitman arm or spindle arm just right, the taper will shrink enough to blow that tie rod out with great force. In fact if you don't leave the nut slightly screwed on, the tie rod might damage something when it shoots out.

Good luck,
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Old 06-23-2004, 11:15 AM
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Ok, I just order one online and it came out cheaper than what I thought! $20 with shipping! This one is made by a company called "toolaid" but it looks exactly the same as the one in JCw... This was even cheaper than JCw...(17.99 + 8 shipping at JCw...) I am posting the link in case someone else needs this tool.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/toolaid/suspn02.html
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Old 06-23-2004, 11:24 AM
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Autozone?

They loan tools for free. Might have this one.
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Old 06-23-2004, 03:07 PM
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I snagged this nifty, adjustable,made-in-Germany, Klann KL-0165 kit with multiple fork sizes. It's very nice quality, with a carrying case too. Klann OEM'd this to Snap-On, who sold it under their own name & part number as well. I think MSRP is something like $1200 - I paid substantially less than that though. I'm hoping it will work for steering linkages as well, I haven't had a chance to try it out yet!

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