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Old 10-09-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
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steering damper removal issue

Just want to say thanks for all the help I've been getting from the forum. I'm in the process of putting on a new steering damper. My problem is it is stuck in the tie rod. I've sprayed the heck out of it with WD-40 thinking that would loosen it up. My Wrangler is a 98 and the steering damper looks like it is the original one. Just wondering if anybody has any tips on getting it out. Thanks again.

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You can use a pitman arm puller. I got mine off with some hefty swings with a sledgehammer. By the way, that tapered bolt stays with the OE stabilizer when it comes off so make sure your replacement stabilizer has a replacement tapered bolt in the bag of hardware.

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You can use a pitman arm puller. I got mine off with some hefty swings with a sledgehammer. By the way, that tapered bolt stays with the OE stabilizer when it comes off so make sure your replacement stabilizer has a replacement tapered bolt in the bag of hardware.
Once again Jerry, thank you very much for your help! The new one did come with a new tapered bolt.
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I can't remember how I got mine off but it required the use of a saw sall, grinder, and a bag assed pipe wrench. It bugs me that I cannot remember. My first pain in the ass.
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I can't remember how I got mine off but it required the use of a saw sall, grinder, and a bag assed pipe wrench. It bugs me that I cannot remember. My first pain in the ass.
Wow! Maybe I'll wait for a rainy day to start it again.
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Oh DANG, I nearly forgot to mention the technique that will probably do the trick without the need for a puller. First, realize that bolt is tapered and is in a tapered hole. That will help to understand how the following works so well...

Use a smooth-face BFA (big f'ing hammer) like a small sledge and give it a few mighty full-force whacks on the SIDE (!) of the drag link next to where the bolt passes through. This is how we remove entire steering systems off the TJ where pretty much all the bolts are tapered. I can pop off the entire steering system of a Jeep in just a minute or two using that technique.

It more or less helps to "squirt" the bolt out much like squeezing a tube of toothpaste. Hit it on the side on the enlarged area that the bolt goes through, not on the bolt itself. Don't be afraid to smack it hard there with the BFH, it always takes more whacks when you're unfamiliar with how this works and get the hang of how hard to hit it on the side next to where the bolt passes through.

I feel like a dunce, I should have suggested this up front since this is how I do all similar joints... I guess I've had one too many late (1am) nights this week getting my Jeep road-worthy again.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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I just kept coming home from work and took a crack at it. Chose my weapon and went with it. Just use good judgement on what you use and don't do something that will put you deeper in the wronge. I know where your at. I was there too.

I think I ended up cutting the nut off with a sawzall. Then grinding the access off clean. Pulled the damper off and was left with the bolt. I fought with that for a while wondering how it was in there. At one point I thought the bolt was just rusted in there, I took at it with a hammer and drive. That was going no where. Then I took a pipe wrench to it and it broke free.
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Thanks. I'll give it a shot.
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Good luck man, Just don't do something to expand the shaft of the of the bolt, don't use any heat, and work at it. It will come loose. Get the damper out of the way first, throw it away and get to work on it.
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I did the same as jerry pitman arm puller and pushed it right out.
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I used a pickle fork on an air hammer and a hammer, took about an hour.
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Do try the technique in post #6 above, it works and no special tools are needed. I could get the entire front-end apart and the stabilizer off in maybe five minutes max using that well known and well used technique.
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Do try the technique in post #6 above, it works and no special tools are needed. I could get the entire front-end apart and the stabilizer off in maybe five minutes max using that well known and well used technique.
I got the puller and BFH from work today. Going to try to remove it tomorrow........
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the puller and BFH didn't work. any other suggestions?
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DAM!! stuck in there good then.

Have you tried soaking it with PB Blaster, it works better then WD-40.
Typically the Pitman Puller & BFH works the best.

If you have already tried this, then I would try using a Propane Torch and try heating it up to help with the expansion/contraction of the part. Try some heat and using the BFH hopefully that will work.

Otherwise airtools, if you can get your hands on an Air Chisel that will help as well.

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take a gas torch or something and heat it up and take a hard mallet and bang it out (hit the stud) i did this 2 nights ago, done deal
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Alright. I'll give it a shot sometime this week.........
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the puller and BFH didn't work. any other suggestions?
No need for a torch or exotic tools guys. Correctly done, the technique described in post #6 above works EVERY time. I and the guys who taught it to me years ago use it for all such tapered bolt/stud joints because it is fast and... it works. No, a typical hammer will not work... a short 2.5 or 3 lb. sledge hammer with a just few solid (!) whacks will.
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I wasn't sure if he tried your method yet, but was recommending the torch as a way to help release it's grip. With a little heat and hitting it with the BFH sometimes helps it pop right out.

Yea that method in your post (Jerry) does work as well, especially on the knuckles and tie-rods.

The pickle fork is the worst thing to use especially on the ball joints with rubber boots if you plan on reusing them. The pickle fork usually destroys the rubber boots and is the last tool I'll use if somethings isn't working out.

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Ok Jerry, I'll stick with your plan.
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finally replaced it!!
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Autozone and others sell a tie rod end puller - less than $10. It looks like a Pitman Arm puller only smaller. Even badly rusted stuck on ends come off easy with it. Put tension on it, tap tap tap and it'll pop right out.
I carry one in each of my rigs and keep one at home. Very handy!
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Autozone and others sell a tie rod end puller - less than $10. It looks like a Pitman Arm puller only smaller. Even badly rusted stuck on ends come off easy with it. Put tension on it, tap tap tap and it'll pop right out.
I carry one in each of my rigs and keep one at home. Very handy!
hmm ive got a new rancho5000 that i need to install, i'll try to first technique that jerry explained, then i'll try the torch, i have a propan torch, is that enough heat to break that bond? if that all fails, then i'll try the puller.
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I ended up cutting the bolt off and made it flush with the tie rod, then I used a pneumatic air hammer to get the rest out.
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luckily, i managed to get my stabilizer replaced with some basic tools this afternoon. used a hammer, ratchet and some box wrenches to get everything off, then i had problem getting the tapered bolt off. since i didn't have a big freakin hammer, i used my big pipe wrench to hit the knuckle on the steering linkage. that wasn't working either, so i took out the propane torch and put some heat on it for a couple minutes, hit the linkage again with the pipe wrench and the bolt gave loose! one problem, i had hit the bottom of the bolt so hard that it couldn't be removed through the linkage, took the mini hacksaw to it and it finally came out.

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