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    Peter
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    Default Inner Tie Rod End Removal - still working on it...


    1990 Olds Silhouette 3.1 engine...

    I'm in the process of attempting to pull the inner tie rod ends....and need a litltle
    help.

    The flats are considered inaccessible and require a special tool. A poster recommended
    using the Lisle 45750 which has 5 crowfoot wrench. I went out and bought one only
    to discover it is the incorrect size for the inner tie rods which are on the
    car...(although it does fit the replacement tie rod ends perfectly.)

    A measurement with a caliper shows the flat to be about 22 or 23 mm (.905 inches).
    I ordered a Jumbo Metric Crowfoot Wrench Set containing metric sizes from 20 mm to 46
    mm, but the wrenches looked kinda crude, and the tie rod end is torqued to about 70 ft
    lbs so there are concerns whether these wrenches will be appropriate. When they arrive
    I'll try them out but have my reservations.

    Is there another tool recommended for removal? Remember the flats are relatively
    inaccessible to traditional wrenches ( including pipe wrenches).

    Thanks in advance for your help and knowledge...

    Peter



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    shiden_kai
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    "Peter" wrote

    > Is there another tool recommended for removal? Remember the flats are
    > relatively
    > inaccessible to traditional wrenches ( including pipe wrenches).
    >
    > Thanks in advance for your help and knowledge...


    The other option is to simply pull the steering gear out of the
    vehicle. About the only difficult thing on a van like that is getting
    at the pinch bolt for the intermediate steering shaft where it hooks
    up to the steering rack.

    Ian



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