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Tie rod end removal (2nd Gen)

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by 6spdtaco, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Nov 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    6spdtaco

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    Will this tool work with the second gen tie rod end? I am having a hell of a time removing the tie rod end from the knuckle and am considering order this:

    http://www.amazon.com/OTC-6297-Ball-Joint-Separator/dp/B0015PN010
     
  2. Nov 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    I just smacked the knuckle with a hammer a couple times where the shaft when thru on the steering arm and it came right off. One piece of advice, by no means hit down where the threads would be...I've learned.
     
  3. Nov 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    Been hammering on everything in all sorts of directions and nothing will budge. I am replacing the CV axle and the tie rod end on the passenger side.
     
  4. Nov 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM
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    I think this is the one I use.

    http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/PFM0/W142.oap?ck=Search_N2416_-1_2553&pt=N2416&ppt=C2371

    but it's hard to say from the web photo. If not that one though - very similar.

    And quite a bit cheaper than the one you linked above.

    Shouldn't need to order it - just go into your local OReilly and buy one. In fact, they'll rent it to you for free - they just your card for the price and refund it when you bring it back. (It's a free tool loan program - so there's no guarantee that you're getting a brand new tool. But who cares if it's brand new on something you use so rarely?)
     
  5. Nov 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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    No Oreillys here in bum F*** VT (I just moved from somewhere that had one). Just a Bond auto and Advanced Auto, both of which rarely have what I need. Advanced Auto guys laughed when I said I was looking for a tie rod end puller for a Toyota. "We only git Furd and Chevys hurr"
     
  6. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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  7. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    Pickle forks are destructive on the boot and should be used only if you plan to replace the joint.
     
  8. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    He is, thats why I put it on there. Smacking the knuckle with a hammer should work though.
     
  9. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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    Listen. Ive been working on cars for too many years and I will bet you a soda that if you hit the knuckle near the tie rod end, it will drop. if you cant get it out, go to your local Harbor Freight and but the separator. Better yet buy a bigger hammer and hit it, HIT IT!
     
  10. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    Pickle fork I have isn't helping. That's why I'm replacing the tie rod end. I couldn't get it to budge and said F-it and started smashing away, destroying the boot in the process. I ordered the puller, hopefully it fits properly. We will see.
     
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    I'll go hammer on the knuckle some more tomorrow.
     
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    Bigger hammer FTW. And put your purse down first. ;)
     
  13. Nov 16, 2011 at 5:10 PM
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    If I put my purse down I won't know where to put the lug nuts
     
  14. Nov 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    +1

     
  16. Nov 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    This is the tool to use:

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    http://www.amazon.com/OTC-7315A-Universal-Tie-Remover/dp/B0002SRFOY/ref=acc_glance_auto_ai_ps_t_3

    It's basically the small version of the pitman arm puller BJMoose linked. (That one is for pulling the UCA and LCA ball joints.)
     
  17. Nov 20, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    About to go outside and start working on it. I'll update later.
     
  19. Nov 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    The tool did the job. I cranked it down and then gave the end where the tie rod is a good whack with the hammer and it popped right apart.
     
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