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

The screw type that "presses" the joint apart is the prefered method,
it won't damage the tie rod or the seal. The next "prefered" method is
the "pickle fork". It must be the correct size to work and WILL damage
the seal and possibly the tie rod end. If you want to just smack the
joint apart you must "back up" the joint with a steady rest like a
jackstand and whack it hard and fast. You will damage the tie rod but
if you are replacing it then it doesn't matter. Another way is to hit
the side, sometimes you get lucky and it just pops apart. Leave the
nut on loosely so it doesn't just fall apart. The last method is the
worst. Mostly reserved for the hardest to take apart and is commonly
used in heavy equipment like trucks and construction equipment. That
method is the acetalyne torch to heat the joint up. Very smelly and
messy because of the burning grease and the rubber seals. You get it
very hot and then beat the cr-p out of it till it comes apart!
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
> You need a screw type ball joint splitter - like ebay item 150242242313
> Mine is almost identical to this one, except that I've ground down the 
> "prongs" of the fork in order to fit better under a DeLorean tie rod 
> end. I've also ground down the top prong to fit under the angle drive 
> nut and allow me to remove a lower ball joint without taking the angle 
> d


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