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inner tie rod change

This is a discussion on inner tie rod change within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; do i need a special tool to remove the inner tie rods on my 00 t/a? i thought there was ...

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    inner tie rod change

    do i need a special tool to remove the inner tie rods on my 00 t/a? i thought there was a special one for those cars.

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    I used a pipe wrench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    I used a pipe wrench.
    +2 and pulled the boot back to get a wrench on the rack to keep it from twisting..
    I used one that fit the rack exactly so not to damage the rack gear and then holding the rack gear steady broke the inner ties loose with a pipe wrench..

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    I believe what youre lookin for is called a pickle fork, you can rent or maybe just buy relatively cheaply... it just works like a wedge that you hammer in between the tie rod end or ball joint to remove it from the a arm, and it pops loose (i'm only assuming this is what you're talking about?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hot93rod View Post
    I believe what youre lookin for is called a pickle fork, you can rent or maybe just buy relatively cheaply... it just works like a wedge that you hammer in between the tie rod end or ball joint to remove it from the a arm, and it pops loose (i'm only assuming this is what you're talking about?)
    You can't change inner ties with a pickle fork on a 4th gen..

    If you're changing a junk outer you simply smack it with a hammer from below on the stud after removing the keeper nut and cotter key..
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    yeah, i guess i didn't notice where it said "inner" in the title, haha. anyway, you kinda clarified what i was talking about. I'm just used to working on a truck where it is rare to get away w/hitting it on the bottom of the t/r end to break it free, 9x out of 10 you just mushroom the threaded end, then have to go and grind that off, just to end up using the right tool anyway . But i guess our cars are a bit easier than all that!

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    correct tool for the job


    pipe wrench works too

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    you're from hanover?!

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    Hanover Township, its near Wilkes-barre.

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    ok... i was thinking down near york or something like that, i gues about same distance from where i'm at anyway (between lancaster/harrisburg)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    You can't change inner ties with a pickle fork on a 4th gen..

    If you're changing a junk outer you simply smack it with a hammer from below on the stud after removing the keeper nut and cotter key..
    x 2 back at you. That's how you treat em, bang em good, and get a new one.

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    Pittsburgh here too..

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