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Unread 08-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Need suggestions on removing stuck steering stabilizer (damper shock)

I am trying to replace my steering damper and the end on the middle of the tie-rod is giving me grief. I can get the castle nut off but I can not get the bolt pushed through the tie rod. I've tried bracing between the tie rod and axle with wood blocks and beating the hell out of it with a BFH. Then, I tried a gear puller but it looked like it might mushroom the head of the bolt so I stopped.

Any suggestions? I've been soaking it with liquid wrench for a few days but I don't think it's going to help.

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Unread 08-18-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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It's a tapered fit, I think I used a pitman arm puller to yank mine. It'll be damn tight!
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Buck chot beat me to it! Even a ball joint separator / fork might be handy !
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Unread 08-18-2009, 04:54 PM   #4
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I picked up 2 pickle forks at Harbor Frieght today but they were both too big

Should I just try my puller again and not be concerned about destroying the threaded end? If it mushrooms (assuming it even could) I would have to cut it off...is that just inviting trouble?
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Unread 08-18-2009, 05:01 PM   #5
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pry on it as best you can while pounding on the side of the tie rod, next to the bolt.


you might have to take it all the way out to get a good swing at it.


like this, but in the middle where the stbilizer is.
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X2, on jbolty's idea. That will work also.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 04:25 AM   #7
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FWIW, I ended up getting it off with a pitman puller and an air ratchet. THanks for the suggestions.
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Have you put some heat on it yet? Try putting a torch on it and then hitting it with a hammer. If it comes down to it you can cut the stud off and take the tie rod/drag link assembly and put it in a vice and get it out. When I took mine out I just hit it with a really big hammer and sprayed some PB Blaster on it. In reverse order though.
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Have you put some heat on it yet? Try putting a torch on it and then hitting it with a hammer. If it comes down to it you can cut the stud off and take the tie rod/drag link assembly and put it in a vice and get it out. When I took mine out I just hit it with a really big hammer and sprayed some PB Blaster on it. In reverse order though.
Thanks for the ideas. I finally did manage to get it removed but it was a PITA. Now I'm fighting removing the stock bushings from the track bar. I can get the center sleeve and rubber bushing out. I can not get the outer sleeve (that was outside the rubber and nested against the inner diameter of the eye. I only have a propane torch and I'm not sure it's hot enough to do much. Sometimes what ought to be the simplest things....
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Thanks for the ideas. I finally did manage to get it removed but it was a PITA. Now I'm fighting removing the stock bushings from the track bar. I can get the center sleeve and rubber bushing out. I can not get the outer sleeve (that was outside the rubber and nested against the inner diameter of the eye. I only have a propane torch and I'm not sure it's hot enough to do much. Sometimes what ought to be the simplest things....
The simplest thing would be to throw that POS track bar as far as you can & quit screwing with it......

Sorry, anybody who knows me around here would have been disappointed in me if I had not suggested it......

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The simplest thing would be to throw that POS track bar as far as you can & quit screwing with it......

Sorry, anybody who knows me around here would have been disappointed in me if I had not suggested it......

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I'm sure you're right. It's just that I ordered the darn bushings and relocation bracket so I intend to at least put them on at least for one drive...even if it takes me 3 days to get the old bushings out!
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I can not get the outer sleeve (that was outside the rubber and nested against the inner diameter of the eye.
I worked for two days off and on trying to get one of those dang sleeves out....finally took the same advice Max gives below... vvvvv

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The simplest thing would be to throw that POS track bar as far as you can & quit screwing with it......
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I did manage to get two out of the spring eyes on a used set of springs I have on the rear right now. Needed to get them out to fit the new poly bushings in.....TONS of heat (just used a MAP torch), PB, HUGE old flathead screwdriver to drive with, and several different vice grips got it done for me. As far as on a track bar, not worth the time in my book....
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Unread 08-29-2009, 01:28 PM   #13
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I finally got this done. I used a hack saw to cut the sleeve in two places. Then one whack with a socket and BFH knocked it right out.

I got the new bushings in and replaced the track bar using a relocation bracket. I removed the rear track bar completely. I think it rides pretty good now. I don't know how much the front track bar does though ;-)
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Try using a pitman arm puller and an impact wrench on the puller, the combination of pressure and vibration took it right off. I tried just using a bfh for a half hour it didnt budge.
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ok so im doing the same thing and i ran into the same problem. i beat the hell out of it with a bfh and used a pickle fork and no luck so i went to harbor freight and bought a pitman puller and used an air rachet like you said you did and all i did was trash the bolt. now im worse off than i was. any other suggestions? this one bolt is holdin me up from dropping my oil pan.
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