I noticed the other day that my tie rod is rather bent, just slightly.. I decided to remove it and have my machinist friend straighten it.. Problem is , even though it is unbolted and free, I cannot get it out.. Seems the springs are in the way and the threaded portion of the bal joints will not fully clear the holes.... Do I need to drop the spring enough to get it out?
If you have it off replace it with a new one.
It being bent and rebent will severly weeken it and it could crack or break in half on the next big bump.
They aren't that expensive and failure could be real scary on the road let alone on the trail.
it you need a tie rod puller, they rent them at auto zone. just be careful when taking it off, when my finally let go it would have broken bone if it had hit my arm or leg, actually chipped the concrete in my garage floor
It sounds like he has them loose but they will not come out because of the interference between the knuckle and the spring. Lifting the frame to allow the suspension to droop would not provide enough room to get mine out.
The easiest way to get them out it to loosen both of the clamps and spin the rod until both tie-rods completely un-thread from the rod. Then they should be able to fall out with the rod not attached. I went with the Go-fer-it tie rod flip to keep that from happening again. It is easier to work on when you can pull them straight out of the top. I would also suggest replacing the bent rod.
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1979 CJ7, FI 5.0L Ford, NP435, D300, Full floated D44 Detroit, D30 Detroit EZ Locker.
Thanx for the replies.. Yes I have then loose, but can't remove em.. I ordered a new tie rod assembly so I'll deal with it when the parts arrive.. Thanx for the replies, and now I know how to get em out and in..
Ok, update.. I recieved the new tie rod and ends today.. I was trying to unscrew the old tie rod off the ends with a pair of channel locks and the ends popped out. The new tie rod and ends went in easily, assembled.. Guess the bend in my tie rod was hangin me up.. Thanx again for all teh hep.