When I did this on my Mercury I did all of what you describe and finally
used a torch to warm up the idler arm (a lot) on the steering gear. While
heating the idler arm I had about 150 lbs of torque on the puller bolt. It
finally creaked a bit and I put a ratchet on the bolt head and just wound
the bolt in, easily pulling the idler arm off.
69 2000 - Mr. Hyde
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Jim Sylvester
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2005 6:42 AM
Subject: tie rod
Is there any trick to getting the tie rod off the idler arm and steering
arm? I've got both bolts off the bottom or the tie rod ends and thought it
would lift right off. After some gentle tapping (ok, pounding) with a
hammer, it appears the ends are frozen to the idler arm and steering arm.
Am I missing something?