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Old 03-22-2009, 05:28 PM
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Removing stuck tie rod ends - How to?

I am trying to replace my right tie rod and the tie rod ends are stuck in place.

using a tool to clamp aound the stterng arm and push on the tie rod end damaged the threaded portion. Also, I dont want to use a tie rod seaparator (the tool that looks kinda like a pitch fork).

All suggestions to loosen/unstuck the tie rod from the pitman arm and the outer wheel carrier are welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:03 PM
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I am trying to replace my right tie rod and the tie rod ends are stuck in place.

using a tool to clamp aound the stterng arm and push on the tie rod end damaged the threaded portion. Also, I dont want to use a tie rod seaparator (the tool that looks kinda like a pitch fork).

All suggestions to loosen/unstuck the tie rod from the pitman arm and the outer wheel carrier are welcome.

Thanks.
With the pitch fork tool in place, I took my wheel puller and used the pitch fork to grab onto and tightened the wheel puller until the tie rod end popped loose.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:11 PM
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Use penetrating oil to help loosen. I have had the most success using a 2 or 3 jaw puller.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:46 PM
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If you are changing a damaged tie rod end, and you are by now, there is no reason not to use a fork type separator. Don't bother with penetrating oil. A press type separator involves the least amount of adventure if you can borrow one, or purchase off e-bay,
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:52 PM
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Are you pulling it off the steering pitman?
I used a 2 lbs hammer and hit the pitman itself and sure enough the tie rods came off.
Why would you not use the fork?
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:59 PM
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To avoid damaging the threads when using a puller, leave the nut on the end of the threaded portion of the tie rod.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:36 PM
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Thanks to all for replying.

I used a gear puller and was able to get the tie rods off.

Professor - the reason I didn't want to use the tie rod separator was because I had to remove the tie rod from the pittman arm and didn't want any blows going to the steering box.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:30 PM
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Next time, try this tool

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Old 03-30-2009, 08:33 PM
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If you are changing a damaged tie rod end, and you are by now, there is no reason not to use a fork type separator. Don't bother with penetrating oil. A press type separator involves the least amount of adventure if you can borrow one, or purchase off e-bay,
...and when you use one of these, don't take the nut off but leave it on extending slightly past the end of the threads. When these things pop free they sound like a gunshot, and you don't want stuff flying.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:09 PM
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Can I supersize my order?

I'm in the middle of replacing mine, and its really making me thirsty too. I know this is an older post, but thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:35 AM
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MOST folks have the only tool necessary for removing tie rod ends. This tool is the good old BFH. To some this is simply a BIG hammer.

Remove the cotter pin if there is one and loosen the nut until a few threads are left so that when it comes loose, it doesn't hit something, especially you.

Take that BIG F'in Hammer and give a BIG F'in lick at a right angle to the stud of the tie rod end on the end of the spindle arm or whichever component this tie rod end is located in. Below the threads of the stud the hole and bottom portion of the stud are tapered. By giving it a mighty lick on the arm, you momentarily shrink the tapered hole which pushes the tapered stud out of the tapered hole. It's sort of like squeezing a banana at the bottom, causing the meat to squeeze out.

I have changed probably at least a hundred tie rod ends with a BFH. I have a few pickle forks that are in my tool box, but have hardly ever been used.

The BFH method of removing a tie rod end is MANDATORY if the tie rod end is to be reused. This is because a pickle fork will not only destroy the boot, but can loosen the ball in it's socket.

SO... go get your BFH and get this chore taken care of!
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:36 AM
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I had a issue like this and used a gas welding torch to good effect.
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