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Old 03-03-2000, 04:28 PM
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Anyone know where I can get a puller for tie rods? Does this have to be for MB or a generic one will do?


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Old 03-03-2000, 05:43 PM
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The professional MB techs on this site may not agree, and you should of course listen to them, but here's what I use.

I own a pickle fork tie rod seperator, but I can't remember the last time I used it. I believe that the best tie rod seperator is a nice size ball peen hammer. If you strike the member in which the stud portion is fitted, not the stud itself, you can make them "shoot" out. They are tapered, if you drive against the end, slightly decreasing the size of the tapered bore momentarily that they are fit into, they will pop out. It would, of course, be helpful to remove the cotter pin and nut first.

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Old 03-03-2000, 09:19 PM
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There is a tool that will squeeze them out without damage. If they are to be replaced, it is OK to use the fork.

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Old 03-03-2000, 11:44 PM
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Where do I get this tool?


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Old 03-04-2000, 10:06 AM
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I agree 100% with Larry. I used to be a porfessional mechanic (VW Prsche Audi) and no one in the shop used a pickle fork. We loosen the nut on the end of the tie rod and gave a good whack to the fitting. As Larry said, do not hammer on the end of the taper rod end (male end), but the female housing it fits in. This braks the taper joint intrface momentarily and the rod ends pops out! In my opinion, it is a lot more friendly to the car than the fork, a lot cheap, and easier to do. As i see frequently on this board "just my 2 cents". In any case, good luck!

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Old 03-04-2000, 07:05 PM
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The hammer is the way to go. If it doesn't pop on the first or second tap, a little penetrating oil should help. Heat is sometimes necessary, but nothing hotter than a propane torch. Pickle fork is only useful if you plan to replace the tie rod end. It's not indicated for simple disassembly. The puller you are looking for can be found in a number of different places. It's a fairly standard tool, as most all of the tie rod ends on the planet are the same. Snap-On, S-K tools, and a number of others make them. Bavarian auto sport and Performance products also sell them. Good Luck...

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