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Re: tie rod end still stuck on shaft

To: "Rocky Frisco" <>,
Subject: Re: tie rod end still stuck on shaft
From: "James Schulte" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 23:00:11 -0700
I got the tie rod nut to catch by rapping the knuckle with a rubber hammer
while tightening a regular nut and split washer. Then I put the lock nut back
on and it tightened right up! Thanks so much for the suggestion!  I've read
many of your responses to others and always said you were a big help to
people. Now I've benefited from your help.
----- Original Message -----
  From: Rocky Frisco<>
  To: James Schulte<> ;
  Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 9:41 AM
  Subject: Re: tie rod end still stuck on shaft

  James Schulte wrote:

  > Rocky,
  > 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?

  I suppose it's possible it might be the wrong part, but, if not, then
  here are some of the methods I use when the taper is turning in the
  tapered hole:

  Sometimes you can tap on the back side of the knuckle while turning
  the nut with a wrench, driving the taper into the hole so that each
  time you tap on it the nut will tighten a little bit more until it
  eventually seats.

  If this doesn't work, I try using a long prybar to force the taper
  into the hole while turning the nut. This almost always does it.

  If this still doesn't work, the advice from another lister was good:
  use a standard clean nut to tighten the taper into the bore, then
  remove that nut and replace it with the nylock.

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