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Ball Joint Inner Tie Rod Removal and Install
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:26 PM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:32 PM
There is a tie rod puller (or something - small - 2 permanent fingers) that I use for the lower balljoint if necessary (it doesn't come off with nut off, beating LCA with a sledge a few times. Sometimes you gotta grind just a little to be able to get it onto the LCA at the seam.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:33 PM
I believe the inner tie rod connection unscrews, but there is a locking tab there you have to take care of. You might find a good used rack cheaper than the tie rod new.
The outter tie rod to hub connection can be seperated with a pickle fork or by holding a sledge on one side and hitting the other side with a large hammer, after you pulled the nut of course.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:44 PM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:23 PM
Got it all off but for that inner tie rod, Need a special tool...
Nah, you shouldn't need anything but a big as wrench and a set of channel locks. Lowering the rack down just a bit helps, loosen the clamps that hold the lines and it can drop an inch or so.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 08:34 AM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:39 AM
By the way, your knuckles are on the way.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:01 PM
I got mine off without this tool but it is not an easy job, after doing it once I orderd the tool.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:52 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:00 AM
^what he said, I just needed a bigger wrench and I used a pair of vise grips because that what I had. But before that you just need to deal with the lock ring that is just bent in to lock it in place. Very easy to do just have another look at it. Good luck!!
Let me say thank you, I would never have seen those notches if I did not take a closer look. I am sure I would have torn up the rack. I still can't get much leverage. I will loan that tool from Autozone. Are the vice grips to hold the rack shaft as I lossen the inner tie rod?
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:01 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:48 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:19 AM
outter i just smack the knuckle with a hammer until it pops out.
ball joint i pull the 14mm pinch bolt, then pry the ball joint out of the knuckle, then remove the 19m castle nut and hit the ball joint bolt until it comes out.
should take only about 15minutes to get the tie rods off as well as the ball joint.
another 20-30 to install and drive to the alignment shop.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:07 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:18 PM
OK, I give up..... How do you get those little nasty notches undone from the inner tie rod. They are holding the whole project up. They are at a very bad position.
Just loosen it up, they should just slide past, but if they don't, try a flat head screw driver and a hammer.
Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:51 AM
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