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Old 01-24-2006, 01:21 PM
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removing rod end with metal dust cover/spacer

I ran into a rod end dust cover/spacer I have not encountered before and need some clues as to how to separate the rod end from the steering rod. This is a Ford type tapered rod end and the circular dust cover or spacer you can see in the picture between the rod end and the steering rod is metal - not rubber. I did some modest tapping on it with a pickle fork but before I start the heavy bashing with the "big tool", I wanted to double check if that is the appropriate method to remove a set up like this. Rubber, I'd know how to proceed. Metal...never seen one before. I can't imagine I won't pretty well wreck this piece when I smack it real good.



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Maybe use a tie rod remover... the type that grabs the link or arm, and then presses tie rod's stud out of it. There are a few different styles. One of the scissors types or one of the puller types might fit over that.

I usually just use a pry bar to hold tension outward on the rod, and then bang the link or arm where the stud goes through with a mini sledge, or sandwich it with 2 mini-sledges to temporarily distort the hole so the stud pops out.
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Dewey,
Yup yesgo has it right..a puller can be arranged as a pusher to place pressure on the tie rod joint..just back the nut off so it is loose and protects the threads on the tie rod..torque up the puller/pusher and then a good smack should do it..

If that does not do it some heat from a propane torch will help..

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A little follow up...

Turns out what I thought was a metal dust cover/spacer was actually not all metal but rather a metal washer/cap over a thick rubber donut which instead of acting as a dust cover or grease retainer appears to be some sort of cushioning between the two tie rods. By prying rather severely on the rubber donut with a screwdriver I was able to distort and pull it away enough to get the ends of the pickle fork started just enough into the space and eventually whack the thing apart with a small sledge. But I'm still curious. Anybody seen this type of set up and know why the donut instead of a typical rubber grease retainer/dust cover?
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