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Old 7-3-09, 21:33   #1 (permalink)
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Tie rod ends! Best way to take off a seized tie rod

I'm trying to replace my outer tie rod ends cause my left one recently went bad. The current tie rods on are stock, (15 years old and they have been through many cold winters and 180,000km)

Anyways... they wont come off!

Any suggestions?
Maybe torch the bolts?
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yup, heat the nut. if that doesnt work you can drill/cut the nut and then peel it off the bolt.
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lots of PB blaster and time to let it do its job. I'd spray it down, way half an hour, try it. If it's still bad, spray again, wait another half hour.

what I did with one of mine that seemed seized was use a ratcheting box wrench, put it on the nut and put some vice grips on the bolt (don't wory, smashing part of the threads won't affect the nut coming off) and some brute strength.

If that doesn't work, then torch it, grind it, whatever you need to do. replace with something NON oem so you don't have this problem later

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Invest in some air tools and a small compressor and tank.
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Thanks guys!
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yea yea, i know my above post doesn't make sense....

anyway, is the nut on the tie rod no coming off? or do you have it undone and it's not popping out of the hub? or are you talking about the other end of it?

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Its all good.
The nut was stuck, but I got it off with PB and tapping it lightly with a hammer, and than spraying more PB.

(I meant to say torch the nut)
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Good deal... I changed mine last week. Old ones came off pretty good... just gotta show 'em some love with a hammer! They like it rough! lol :-P

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