I got the tie rod off using 1 pipe wrench at 14" and a bigger mother of a
wrench at 18". It fought me the whole way but using liquid wrench and what
little strength I had left, it came free.
Now I'm putting the new tie rod end on and I can tighten it only so far and
the self locking nylon thread nut catches the threaded shaft and turns it. Now
I know this is tapered, so it should tighten, but it won't. I used a rubber
hammer to tap it into the tie rod arm more, but it seems to be to big a hole
for the new tie rod to really snug in enough to tighten the nut just 2 more
turns. Am I not seeing this right or what?
----- Original Message -----
From: Rocky Frisco<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: tie rod end still stuck on shaft
Steve Shoyer wrote:
> Try more heat. I tried a number of things on my car, but it was the
> torch that finally worked. I used one big wrench on the nut and one
> smaller wrench with a 2' cheater bar on the tie rod end.
I'm hesitant to use much heat on suspension parts, so I have a
technique for such things: I use LOTS of Liquid Wrench, applied two or
three times a day for a few days, then if that doesn't loosen it up, I
apply shock by hitting the female part of the assembly on both side
simultaneously with two big hammers. I imagine this distorts it
momentarily just enough to break up the rust that's holding it.
Further applications of LW will then do the trick.
I once was unable to disassemble a Mini hub carrier, no matter what I
tried. I removed the entire assembly from the car and removed
everything I could, then took it to a local machine shop I often use.
The guys called the next day and said they had given up, that they had
applied so much hydraulic force to it they were seriously afraid
something would break and kill one of them. I took the assembly back,
put it in the big vice and started doing the Liquid Wrench soak trick.
The nest day as I walked past the vice I gave the hub a fairly gentle
whack with a hammer and it dropped loose.
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