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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I can not for the life of me remove the nut from the ball joint connecting the drag link to the steering arms. The joint just moves with the nut. I have tried heat and penetrating oil and have even tried sitting on the link to tighten it so that the joint doesn't move. I need some serious help!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Steve 9n wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:23:04 03/05/13) I can not for the life of me remove the nut from the ball joint connecting the drag link to the steering arms. The joint just moves with the nut. I have tried heat and penetrating oil and have even tried sitting on the link to tighten it so that the joint doesn't move. I need some serious help!


If you wanna try and save it, go to your local parts store and get a pickle fork (aka Ball Joint Fork). This is used between the ball joint and the steering arm prying up. May take a lot of prying to get the joint to lock up enough to remove the nut.

If not get a cutoff wheel and have at it. Save you some time, but you have to replace the ball joint after...
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can you replace just the ball joint? or do you have
to find an entire tie rod?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I meant buy an entire drag link.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

An air impact wrench sure helps on those.
Try taking a hammer and smacking the tapered part down into the hole so it is tight. Then remove the nut.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't know if one of these would work for you or not, might be worth a try.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would use a dremel tool with a cutoff wheel and cut the nut. If you just get close to the threads maybe on opposit sides(180 out) should be able to split the nut off with little or no damage. Re thread and buy a new nut.
The small dremel wheels are tender and you will break or wear out several but they are cheap.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Steve 9n wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:43:57 03/05/13) I meant buy an entire drag link.


This site sells both front and rear drag link ends. Check out the parts section.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What is that tool?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its a nut splitter.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you're replacing the unit anyway, cut it off. Much simpler.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can you replace just the ball joint of the drag link or do i need a new drag link?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I mean tie rod. I just cut the bolt off with the rest of the ball joint. I effed up.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You have e-mail LOL
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: drag link nut removal Reply to specific post Reply with quote

once the cotter pin is out.. take a hacksaw and cut a slot int he face of the pin.. use a screwdriver in that and a wrench on the nut. heat can help..e tc. all else fails.. cut the nut. then pickle fork the joint apart.. or smack the socket with a hammer with another backing up the joint 180' out.

or .. i guess.. a tire rod end seperator.. Wink
 
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