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Need to get steering components loose

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stoney126, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. stoney126

    stoney126 1/2 ton status

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    yet another question :D IM lifting the front of my truck now and need to get the steering components loose. I realize they are a tapered fit, but I am having some issues getting them to come out. I have tried threading the a bit and the wacking it but no go. Also the part that is connected to the knuckle will not be able to be accesed by the nut and hammer method.
    Should I just get a pickle fork and just replace the ball joints?
    89 1 ton d60 front
     
  2. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    A D60 shouldn't have balljoints, it should have kingpins. As for getting the steering loose there are 2 methods.

    Thread the nut back on and smack it with the hammer. This works sometimes but if doesn't then get a picklefork out and start smacking with a BFH.

    Harley
     
  3. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    I'm betting you mean tie rod ends at the knuckles. Get a hand sledge and hit the knuckle right where the tie rod end goes through. A few good ways should unseat the taper. I never hit the tie rod end with more than a small ballpeen. When ou are gonna be buying it if you **** it up, you take care to find quick methods that won't risk damage. This same method can be used on Balljoints too.
     
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    NoReGrEtS 1/2 ton status

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    hopefully its not a special D60 with ball joints
     
  5. stoney126

    stoney126 1/2 ton status

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    here is a pic, and thanks for all the help guys.
    You can barely see the 3rd one down in the left corner

    steering.jpg
     
  6. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    pickle fork is sadly the best option for those(hard to swign on the pitman arm end). Just be careful to not tear a boot, and if you do, go get replacements. Some parts stores have replacement boots.
     
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    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    the fork is the only way................. 3-4lb hand sledge couple whacks the they fall apart. I've never had success with the nut method...... the pickle fork was like $7 for a china brand.....I just go straight to it no effin around.
     
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    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Go to auto parts store ask for a tie rod puller if they way umm whats that say show me your pitman arm puller. Then say that but smaller. I got mine at checker auto I think. never meant a tie rod end I coulnd't pull with no damage to the boot
     

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