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JeepReaper09 06-06-2013 08:24 PM

tips on getting the tie rod to turn
 
Just finished my front suspension lift, and my toe for the alignment and I cannot for the life of me get the tie rod to turn. Advice?? I've sprayed the crap out of the tie rod ends with pb blaster and nothing. Vise grips...nothing except for scratching the rod. Help please! Thanks.

Lightning Rod 06-06-2013 08:49 PM

Pipe wrench...heat...spray...heat...wrench...repeat
Small turns back and forth

cchartrand 06-06-2013 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Lightning Rod (Post 3834032)
Pipe wrench...heat...spray...heat...wrench...repeat
Small turns back and forth

X2 on the pipe wrench. PB blaster for days in advance doesn't hurt either.

JeepReaper09 06-07-2013 12:25 AM

Not 100% where a pipe wrench would help. There isn't a spot it would work on.

wwch99tj 06-07-2013 06:59 AM

The pipe wrench would grab onto the smooth round bar...
I usually grab mine about 3 or 4 inches from the driver side tie rod end.

You can see the marks on it here...
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...ps56bd9469.jpg

flflash 06-07-2013 07:21 AM

^^^ Right there, when you get it loosened up I'm a Big Fan of Never-Seize it will save you all this grief next time.....with a Jeep there's always a next time ;)

geiman 06-07-2013 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 (Post 3834727)
Not 100% where a pipe wrench would help. There isn't a spot it would work on.

As mentioned, the pipe wrench will work on pretty much any spot on the entire bar, which makes it perfect for this job.

flflash 06-07-2013 08:17 AM

BTW a pipe wrench is also commonly refered as a Stillson Wrench, Monkey Wrench and a Stillie if your one of our UK friends.

They also come in Left and Right versions ;)

cballou 06-07-2013 08:57 AM

I can attest to the effectiveness of a pipe wrench. I was in the same boat where the vise grips were just sliding and doing nothing more than marking up my tie rod. At that point I couldn't see how one would make a difference but with no other options (other than replacing the tie rod) I went ahead and purchased one. That sucker dug in and within a few rotations the tie rod was almost easy to turn (comparatively speaking) Worth the investment to get it done yourself and still a lot cheaper than paying for an alignment.

JeepReaper09 06-08-2013 04:03 PM

Ok so broke down and bought a stupid pipe wrench since you all have suggested it. Turns out its not so stupid after all. Don't know how it worked but it did and worked like a champ! Cant thank you guys enough! My newly lifted jeep is aligned and drives straight and true!

wwch99tj 06-08-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 (Post 3839550)
Ok so broke down and bought a stupid pipe wrench since you all have suggested it. Turns out its not so stupid after all. Don't know how it worked but it did and worked like a champ! Cant thank you guys enough! My newly lifted jeep is aligned and drives straight and true!

Glad you got it :thumb:


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