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RE: need tool to remove tie rod ball joints...what a PIA
well I am not that versed in the technical English that I wished for .. however I'll try to explain
I have a complete new tie rod (at least that is the name of that thing that goes from the Pitman arm of the powered steering device to both sides of the car).. that tie rod also has the steering dampener connected to itslef and the chassis.
Now, a new Meyle tie rod, Boge steering dampener and 2 new ball ends (for the link from the tie rod top either wheel assembly) is sitting in my garage floor.
I tried various tools (a tie rod breaker bar, various pullers)... I had no luck whatsoever with the tie rod breaker bar (that fork looking device).. thus I have spend already 3 hours driving to various tool rental places to find an apropriate puller.
Well I ended up buying mysleft a puller (6") and I was able to get 3 pc ball joints out (I guess the "castle nut" you are refering to describes the style of threaded shaft that essentially connects the ball joint .. has a slight cone shape and thread top part)
I hope I was able to make myself clear and we talk about the same thing now (again I try to get my nomenculture right here)
The one castle nut that is directly connected to the Pitman arm I cannot get off. The access fromt he top to set the pulling tool up properly is resticted through the exhaust.. so I cannot get the ratchet or any other means to tighten the puller so that it would press out that castle pin.....
I was close to just use my grinder and remove the tie rod that way... but the castle pin is hardened and I cannot drill it out the pitman arm.
the only alternative now is
a): I was trying to make my own low profile tool for that one castle nut
b): removing the whole Pitman arm.. and that scares me... have you seen that size of nut [B)]
Well... if you could give me more advise on how to remove that particular castle nut.. would be swell..