Edited by the sucker king, 04 April 2013 - 09:39 PM.
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Tie rod end. Damage during removal
Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:36 PM
Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:38 AM
Have you tried the hitting it with a hammer trick?
I know this pic is of an EJ, but it's the exact same thing for any car, really.
Take a good sized BFH and smack where I circled in red. Don't hit the tie rod or you'll break it. This will jar everything loose and the tie rod end will just pop out undamaged. Make sure the nut is all the way off when you do this.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:57 AM
I"d leave the nut on just about 4 threads just in case you miss that way you don"t screw up the threads!! I can"t believe you can"t get it off with a Fork-You Need A Bigger F*%&N Hammer
Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:04 AM
i agree you need a BFH, i have done the method that 987687 suggested, it ussually works well. there are alos the pinch type ball joint remover, you can get those at harbor freight fairly cheap and they sound like they work well on stubborn tyrod ends and they wont rip the boot.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:13 AM
The other thing I do is take an air chisel to the top of the tie rod bolt. If you're careful you won't bugger it up, that's like hitting it with a hammer thousand times a second. Usually works well fo ball joints.
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