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Old 07-17-2017, 09:39 AM   #11
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Whats wrong with replacing both inners and outers at the same time?
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:41 AM   #12
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At this point, I'd think about trying a pipe wrench.
I haven't even thought about that. I'll give that a shot. Thanks.
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Whats wrong with replacing both inners and outers at the same time?
Nothing wrong with it just don't want to if I don't have to. I also don't have a helper to hold the rack and pinion shaft to keep it from spinning while I remove the inner tie rod if that is needed. That's why I asked questions about replacing the inners if I have to. I'm not sure how hard it is and if I can do it by myself.
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If it is rusted you may need to clean the threads with a wire brush. A penetrating oil may help, as well as turning it the right way. Really, Is it reverse thread?
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If it is rusted you may need to clean the threads with a wire brush. A penetrating oil may help, as well as turning it the right way. Really, Is it reverse thread?
Tried all of that. The locknut moves up and down on the inner tie rod so it doesn't matter which way I'm spinning it. I think I might try a pipe wrench holding the inner tie rod and use a deep well 15/16" socket with my impact wrench. I just hope the pipe wrench holds.
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I always break that nut free before I take anything else apart....


Heat up the nut......
Don't know if your propane torch has enough btu's to get the job done.
But with the impact you might have a win.
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I always break that nut free before I take anything else apart....


Heat up the nut......
Don't know if your propane torch has enough btu's to get the job done.
But with the impact you might have a win.
I did break it free first but instead of breaking loose from the inner tie rod it just turned the inner tie rod. That allows me to get the outer tie rod off but the slightly longer new outer tie rod doesn't have room to fit on so the measurement taken with the old one is the same. That nut has to break loose to be able to do an alignment or to replace the inner tie rod unless you want to cut the boot off. I'll probably try the impact wrench and pipe wrench holding the inner.
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Good luck, when stuff wont come apart it can be frustrating !
If its stuck on there that bad, it might be worth replacing, it has the same mileage and time as the outer that's worn out.
The alignment shop will need to move it to adjust toe.
And they probably wont waste time messing with it, they will tell you it needs replacing.
Rockauto has them from $8-$32
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The nut needs to come off to remove the boot which needs to come off to remove the inner tie rod....unless I cut the boot off which I don't want to. I'll get the nut off somehow...hopefully without damaging the inner tie rod. Thanks.
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I think if the threads are cleaned up and lubed and you hold the shaft with the pipe wrench then hit it with your impact its will come off.. Good luck buddy.
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