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Help seized track rod end
« on: 20:07, Wed 24 February 2010 »
I need to get my tracking done after getting the clutch done.. But I cannot get the track rod end to budge. Tried loads of WD40, heating it and still cannot get it to move... I really dont want to replace the whole rod as the rack has to come out....

Any ideas anyone ?
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Re: Help seized track rod end
« Reply #1 on: 20:51, Wed 24 February 2010 »
Which part?

If it's the locknut then good luck, there a bugger to move if there stuck and ideally you want a really good fit on the spanner so you don't round the edges off.

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Re: Help seized track rod end
« Reply #2 on: 21:24, Wed 24 February 2010 »
On the near side the nut is rusted to the rod and track rod end and neither will budge and the drivers side ive released the rod from the end with the nut still rusted to the rod.
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Re: Help seized track rod end
« Reply #3 on: 22:00, Wed 24 February 2010 »
Be careful with the heat, you don't want to damage the rubber boot or dry out the grease inside.

Have you gave the threads a good clean with the wire brush? I usually leave the WD40 etc on stuff like this, chances are if it's stuck that tight theres nothing to penetrate anyway. But by all means coat it in whatever lubricant you want.

Give the nut a fair old whack, but try not to damage it. A shock might be enough to loosen it up. They shouldn't be overly tight, something around 40Nm springs to mind. Just stubborn.

Failing that, pop into your local garage and see what they suggest, after all they probably deal with stuff like this everyday, there might be some 'trade secret' then come back and tell us all what to do.  :lol:

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Re: Help seized track rod end
« Reply #4 on: 22:06, Wed 24 February 2010 »
Yeah I was careful with the heat !!

Tommorow im gonna try removing the track rod end ball joint from the hub so it hangs down and hopefully maybe get a bit more leverage on it....
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Re: Help seized track rod end
« Reply #5 on: 21:33, Thu 25 February 2010 »
try running a junior hacksaw round behind the nut. if you release the ball joint, let it hang into a pot of oil/diesel for a few hours. reckon it will go then...............


hopefully :?
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