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    I'm changing the inner tie rod ends on a Fuego which I have never had the pleasure to do.

    I seem to remember someone (possibly Jo) changing them and then finding the rack started leaking (presumably due to flexing the rack while trying to loosen the bloody things)

    Has anyone got a better method?

    I am about to cut the steering arm off just before the tie rod end so I can weld an old large socket to the old tie rod and then use a T-Handle to undo it - so as not to put any side loads on the rack.

    I'd rather not destroy a perfectly useable socket if there is an easier method.

    The bloody Haynes manual doesn't even cover the removal of the inner ball joint...

    EDIT - As I typed that, the proverbial light bulb went off.

    If I get a piece of tube just big enough to go over the old tie rod end and then slot it and use an exhaust clamp to tighten the pipe around the tie rod, I could then just weld a 1/2 socket on the end and the tool could be re-used.

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    I'm not sure whether an Exhaust clamp would get enough bite?

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    Vice grips. Be slow and gentle.

    The hydraulic seals don't care - they're round and you're moving the rack in a circular motion. If they're that brittle, they're about to die anyway.

    What is at risk is the same as a non power rack - the pinion. It will cope with the loads fine at the fairly low torque settings for the inner tie rod thread. Just dont bash the spanner with a hammer if its tight - shock loadings will hurt it.

    And of course Loctite as always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    Vice grips. Be slow and gentle.
    Yeah, tried and failed...

    Everything on this car has been friggin tight so I wasn't suprised.

    Came of easy with the socket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    you're moving the rack in a circular motion
    BTW - You sure about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    I'm changing the inner tie rod ends on a Fuego which I have never had the pleasure to do.

    I seem to remember someone (possibly Jo) changing them and then finding the rack started leaking (presumably due to flexing the rack while trying to loosen the bloody things)
    Yep, it was me.

    Seals were newish and no excessive force was needed to remove the ends.

    Apparently its just one of those things.

    Might as well try it and see though, if it breaks it breaks, and you'll probably know about it sooner than later.
    When in the same position, I just take the rack out, send it off to my PAS guy and reinstall it all re sealed and ready to go.
    Without being too much of a pedant, the workshop bench is a much better place to work on the rack than in the confines of a wheel arch.

    Jo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi View Post
    When in the same position, I just take the rack out, send it off to my PAS guy and reinstall it all re sealed and ready to go.
    Just out of interest, what's he charge for reconditioning the rack?

    I wouldn't mind getting a spare one done and having it on the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    Just out of interest, what's he charge for reconditioning the rack?

    I wouldn't mind getting a spare one done and having it on the shelf.
    Same here.

    Ken

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