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Old 05-23-2012, 03:10 AM
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Removal of Tie Rods

There's a 94 530 at a junk yard near where I live and it has (as far as I can tell) brand new tie rods. The man wants $100 for them both along with the centre main tie rod thing. How can I remove them? Is it just a matter of un-screwing it? Advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:03 AM
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I just bought all four rod ends for $70, I am not sure I would spend more than that for unknown junkyard parts.

The tie rods are easy enough to remove, the center link needs to be disconnected from the pitman and idler arms before it can be removed. The easy way is the good ole pickle fork... hammer it in between the parts and it separates them. Problem is, unless you are very careful you can damage the rubber grease boots and joints.

Depending on the amount of corrosion underneath, often you can get lucky and remove them but backing off the nut until it is above flush with the bolt then hitting it with a hammer, being careful not to damage threads.

The biggest problem with removal and re-use is that they were really designed to be discarded, not re-used. You should be able to pull it off though if you are careful.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:13 AM
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you can get new for less without the hassle of removal. try fcp groton.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:31 AM
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I agree on that one. Tie rod assemblies are not that expensive. Buy new if you can. If you are going to get them from a junk yard, they should not be hammered out as you will be reinstalling them in your car.

I feel that it is worth the 30 bucks to get the correct tool. There is a good chance that they will not get damaged but why risk it, Especially if you have not removed tie rods before.

Mine came from bavauto, EcsTuning also sells them.

It was worth it for me to buy one as I have used it relitively often but situations may varry
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:39 AM
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Well I need to replace one whole tie rod like both ends and middle part because it seized somehow. I'll probably just pay the extra money and get something brand new. I just hate buying things online because they come 2-3 weeks after you purchase, I guess I'm just too impatient.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:38 PM
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Hi Costa , +1 on The tool Trevor showed and also +1 on snowsled's advise on new parts ... Patience is a virtue says Bruce Lee or Bruce Lie one of those Bruces lol not sure which one ... It's the Bruce that kicked Chuck Norris ass lol

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:47 AM
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Too much $ for those, let him crush them. Buy new for not much more, if that. Er, center link is a bit $ @ ~ $100
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:27 AM
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you can get new for less without the hassle of removal. try fcp groton.
Lol. Do not get any parts made by FCP Groton
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