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stocktip
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Oct 9, 2011, 4:20 PM

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Hi,

What is the trick to get this tie rod off? There is no peaned lock ring. There is no lock washer tab. It looks to be just locktited on from the factory. I'm afraid to use heat because if there is a delrin cup to put pressure on the ball-end I might melt it. Do you just use a big pipe wrench on the shaft and leave marks on it while using a spanner on the ball joint end?




Hammer Time
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Oct 9, 2011, 6:25 PM

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It will come off. you just need the right tool.





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stocktip
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Oct 9, 2011, 8:29 PM

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I see how that tool works. So you just blast it off with an airtool plus that special tool? How do you support the rack against the pinion? Won't the force of using that without holding the rack shaft damage the guts of the rack teeth to pinion?


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Oct 10, 2011, 3:03 AM

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No, you don't use an air tool unless you plan on buying a new tool. Just use a large 1/2" drive ratchet or breaker bar.



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Oct 10, 2011, 4:36 PM

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Looks like you have enough room to swing a pipe wrench. Put the pipe wrench on the inner tie rod housing. Most of us have done hundreds of inner tie rod replacements in the vehicle and haven't snapped a rack gear. If you can break a rack attempting to unscrew a tie rod, then something is seriously wrong with the rack.

What ever you do, don't put any heat on that unless you want to buy a new rack. Plus you get it too hot and you'll make the steel brittle as glass.





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Oct 10, 2011, 4:38 PM

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I've been known to use a large pipe wrench on the tie rod end too.



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Oct 10, 2011, 4:41 PM

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hmm...great minds think alike...





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Blulakr
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Oct 10, 2011, 11:04 PM

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The pic looks like the steering gear is on the ground or on a workbench. if so, you can use an open end wrench of the proper size or a pipe wrench if necessary but you'll need to secure the unit to something in order to break the nut loose. They ure usually pretty tight. Use caution if mounting it in a vise to not break the housing.


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Oct 15, 2011, 8:33 PM

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I've been known to use a large pipe wrench on the tie rod end too.


Desi's been known to use a large pipe wrench on other things as well..... a few certain spammers come to mind.. Shocked Tongue Cool


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Oct 15, 2011, 8:36 PM

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Whatever it takes.................LOL



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