Re: [DML] Ouch! Tie Rods Ends 1 - Tom 0
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Re: [DML] Ouch! Tie Rods Ends 1 - Tom 0

I find hitting the side of the receiver for the joint
with a hammer will usually jolt it loose.

--- Tom Tait <TTait@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> OK, Maybe we are tied 1-1...
> I'm mid-way through replacing my steering rack.  The
> rack is still in the car, mounts removed, bolts off
> the steering knuckle threads and I used a "pickle
> fork" to pop the passenger side tie rod end loose,
> no problem.  The drivers side has kicked my butt.
> I have applied wd40, freeze off, heat, and I've
> tried hammering with the nut over the top of the
> threads to protect them.  I've lifted the suspension
> a bit with the jack and cranked the steering to the
> right and the left a bit to try to change the
> angle/stress on the joint.  Nothing budges at all. 
> The second round of the fight was running long...
> Using the tie rod end seperator, I drove the wedge
> in as far as it would humanly go, and then started
> pushing down on it to to pop it loose.  Finally I
> put most of my weight on it.  The tool slipped loose
> and my face came down and hit the fender full force.
>  Pretty stars swirling.  No blood or broken
> bones/cartilidge, but I do have a bit of a shiner. 
> And the tie rod is still firmly wedged into the
> knuckle.  I even went back a few hours later and
> worked on it some more - no joy.
> The car is rather useless without steering.  What's
> next?   
> Tom

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