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inner tie rod replacement

Ok, i got my butt kick today and i am licking my wounds. I went in to replace a sloppy inner tie rod. if i am calling it the right thing. this is the one attached to the end of the drag link and pitman arm. I cannot get the little b$%terd to come out. I have no swing room to drive a hammer onto the bolt to force it out and i am sure there are tools made to do this. Could someone tell me a secret?

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Hard to tell from your description; is it a ball joint we're talking about? I've had nothing but good results with one of these: 3/4" Forged Ball Point Joint Separator
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To be honest, i thought it was a ball joint but a friend told me it is called an inner tie rod. That tool looks like it would work, i think i will try it. Cheaper than a mechanic. LOL

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The ball joint is part of the tie rod, drag link, inner tie rod, cross link, center link, whatever the kids are calling it these days.
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Thank you. Bought the tool and will get er done this weekend.

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Hard to tell from your description; is it a ball joint we're talking about? I've had nothing but good results with one of these: 3/4" Forged Ball Point Joint Separator
Mad, you are awesome and that tool more than paid for itself. Scared me when it finally came loose but thank you. Now i just need to reset my steering wheel because i am a rock and move the pitman arm.

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Scared me when it finally came loose...
Yeah, that stored energy will sneak up on you! Did the '85 IDI a couple weeks back, one of 'em was still holding after I cranked on the tool, took the wrench off the tool to take a breather and just while it was sitting there -- POP!
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