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Best Chep Tie Rod Ball Puller?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Arrowshot, May 15, 2024.

  1. May 15, 2024 at 9:48 AM
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    Arrowshot

    Arrowshot [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Which one would you buy?
     
  2. May 15, 2024 at 10:15 AM
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    What exactly is a "Tie Rod Ball Puller?" If all you are doing is pulling a tie rod end, all you need to do is remove the cotter pin and castle nut on the tie rod end, then smack the female portion that it goes into with a BFH. The tie rod end will pop right out.
     
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  3. May 15, 2024 at 10:35 AM
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    Mine are always tight as hell and don't like wanging away with a hammer potentially damaging the threads or nut.
     
  4. May 15, 2024 at 10:36 AM
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    I use a pickle fork for last 40 years Ball removal never been so easy with one smack!
     
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    And if the pickle fork doesn't work for you, rent a ball joint puller from your auto parts store of choice.
     
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    If the pickle fork doesn't work for you, that is the next logical step.
     
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    In all of my years working on cars, I've never damaged the threads, boot or nut with the method I recommended. In fact, I usually leave the nut on, but just a few threads loose. This not only eliminates the possibility of damaged threads, but things don't come flying off either. To each his (or her) own.
     
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  11. May 15, 2024 at 12:17 PM
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    Best and cheap usually don't go together. But I'd say my purse is the best thing to pull a tie rod.
     
  12. May 15, 2024 at 12:27 PM
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    You don't strike the threads, nor the nut. You strike the part of the component where the tie rod presses into. A regular hammer will do, and firm repetitive strikes over hard blows is preferred. That being said, I have a pitman arm puller that fits nicely over my tie rod to help remove it. I still have to do some striking, but the puller allows for lighter strikes.
     
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  13. May 15, 2024 at 2:03 PM
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    Thanks for the comments. Will probably pick up the one on Amazon and see if it helps.
     
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    Did you use the right size to only grab the shoulder?

    A bigger tool isnt always the best
     
  15. May 20, 2024 at 1:55 PM
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    If you're a DIYer, there's no reason to not own these sets

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    This is what I do, then smack it with my purse.
     

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