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Old 05-15-2015, 06:52 PM
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Had a new set of sneakers put on both jeeps this week at Town Fair Tire. Both got a front end alignment. Both have seized knurled adjusters. The service agent said that if I could have someone free it up, they would complete the alignment. It is seized up pretty good. One question I have is, should I undo the fasteners at both ends, remove it and work on it on the bench? Does anybody have any advice on how to break the connection free? I've wet it down with Blaster PB and it is currently soaking.

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Had a new set of sneakers put on both jeeps this week at Town Fair Tire. Both got a front end alignment. Both have seized knurled adjusters. The service agent said that if I could have someone free it up, they would complete the alignment. It is seized up pretty good. One question I have is, should I undo the fasteners at both ends, remove it and work on it on the bench? Does anybody have any advice on how to break the connection free? I've wet it down with Blaster PB and it is currently soaking.
Well not uncommon for that , If the PB doesn't work try applying some heat to it.I've heard of some
Shops breaking those while trying to break it loose.

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The rod ends look a little delicate. That is why I'm wondering if taking it off and using a vice to hold it might be a better plan.
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Bump. After watching a couple of U-Tube videos on this subject, it is looking like removal is a good way of freeing up the tie rod ends.
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Bump. After watching a couple of U-Tube videos on this subject, it is looking like removal is a good way of freeing up the tie rod ends.
Yup give it a shot...
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I've got the tie rod down and based on the way it looks, and with 115,000 miles on it, I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to just replace it instead of becoming an 800 lb gorilla with a torch trying to break the thing free.

BTW I went to Harbor Freight and picked up a tie rod end press to break the end loose and that made quick work out of removing the tie rod ends without damaging them or the rubber boot. On the passenger side I had to remove the rotor and bend the backplate a little to get the press into position but it'll bend back just as easy.

Now to decide on replacing. Crown Automotive makes a replacement tie rod. Does anyone have any experience with this replacement?
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Lots of pb blaster helped mine
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Extreme terrain sells the whole tie rod complete for about $125 That's what I did before upgrading to Synergy.
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Today, I was able to free up the adjuster without the 800 lb gorilla or the fire breathing dragon visiting. I used a chisel to separate the slot slightly which must have broken the bond on the rod first and then the rod end.

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The photo shows the small chisel opening the slot on the adjuster. I did the same on the slot on the rod before removing the adjuster from it. After cleaning the threads with a wire brush, I applied anti seize compound to the threads and reassembled it. It's back on the Jeep and ready to be aligned.

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