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Unread 03-17-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer

I'm trying to replace my steering stabilizer (because It's stock) and it won't budge. I've been spraying it with PB blaster for a few days and it still won't move. The nut came off, but the bolt is still threaded into the tie rod. should I just drive it around without the nut and hope it comes loose? I don't really want to take a hack saw to it.

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Unread 03-17-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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It's not threaded in there. That joint is tapered, so they seat in there very tightly.
If you can't pound it out with a hammer, get one of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=38649
I did mine a couple weeks ago, and it took a lot of pounding with one of those tie rod end separators.
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Unread 03-17-2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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hmmm, could I use my hub puller on it? Otherwise I'll head to HF tomorrow.
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Unread 03-17-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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So your stuck exactly where I was.


What I did, not the smartest idea in the world, was take the tie rod end puller that I rented from autozone and put an impact wrench on the nut on the puller and go to town, took about 4 seconds before it popped out.
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Unread 03-17-2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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Yup, get a TRE puller. My bolt was actually getting squished and was just bending under the pressure, but sure enough there was a loud pop and it came out....
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Unread 03-18-2008, 12:27 PM   #6
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I've broken a pitman arm puller, and gear puller now. Any other ideas?
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Unread 03-18-2008, 12:38 PM   #7
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Drill out the center of the tapered bolt and try putting the puller back on it. I had to drill a good portion of the center section of mine out before it would pop out.
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Unread 03-18-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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you can also put an open end wrench on the part right above the bar and try to turn it..

I ended up sawing it off right above and just used a break bar with socket to turn it and it broke loose.
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Unread 03-18-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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you can also put an open end wrench on the part right above the bar and try to turn it..
I tried, and now it's pretty round.

I'm going to drill out the center of the bolt and try whacking it with a hammer. After that I'm stuck.
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I've broken a pitman arm puller, and gear puller now. Any other ideas?
The TRE separator in my first post?
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Unread 03-18-2008, 02:14 PM   #11
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I already tried a pitman arm separator, It broke into two pieces. And none of my local auto part stores have a TRE separator.
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If you really cant get it out you might need to take off your tie rod and make it a whole lot easier to work with... but that would be a royal pain.
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I tried, and now it's pretty round.

I'm going to drill out the center of the bolt and try whacking it with a hammer. After that I'm stuck.
Drill it out and then put the TRE puller back on it. Drilling the center section out will let some of the pressure off the tapered portion stuck in the drag link.
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Unread 03-18-2008, 03:21 PM   #14
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I'd put the pitman arm separator back on, but it's in two pieces now...
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Unread 03-18-2008, 03:38 PM   #15
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Well chances are beating it with a hammer isn't going to get it out.....I would just go to Autozone and rent another TRE puller from them.
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