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Frozen tie rod----HELP

I have a 1963 Impala and the tie rod ends are frozen with rust. I tried using a pickle fork with no luck. Also used penetrating oil .Maybe have to let it soak for a few days.
Should I heat up the end and see if that will break it loose?
I don't think the tie rods have ever been changed on this car.

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If your trying to remove the end from the spindle, a BFH is your new best friend. Smack the side of the spindle where the tie rod end goes thru, that will jolt loose and break the tapered fit.

Actually there is a puller that probably should be used. About any good 2 jaw puller should work. If not, wedge the pickle fork in tight than try to hit the spindle with the hammer to help break the taper.

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old motor oil if itll break lugnuts loose on a 63 dodge townwagon(that was las regestered in 70-71)it should help on most anything

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a BFH is your new best friend.

If not, wedge the pickle fork in tight than try to hit the spindle with the hammer to help break the taper.
that bfh will definitely help. i replaced the tie rod ends on my 67 ford fairlane. first time they had been done i think. the pickle fork and smacking the top of the spindle helps. also maybe let penetrating oil soak. or spray the oil then heat up the part that the spindle goes into. the heat does two things: makes the oil soak in better and it expands the metal. you want the outter part to expand and leave the spindle cooler and smaller. then when everything is cold again it will all go back to size.

hope this helps.
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