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Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) #1326270 Sun Sep 15 2019 10:37 PM
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OhioSteve Offline OP
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Hello,
I'm preparing to put in a new kingpin kit for my 48' 1/2 ton. I've got all the years of grease cleaned and I'm currently soaking all nuts and threads.
I'm planning to remove the tie-rod end from the knuckle, but wasn't sure if I just remove the cotter pin (carpenter nail in mine), and turn the big end screw cap counter clock-wise?
Presuming the ball joint cups will slacken enough to allow me to remove?

Any guidance and corrections are appreciated.
Thanks Steve

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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326276 Sun Sep 15 2019 11:35 PM
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52Carl Offline
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A big giant screwdriver with vice grips clamped on were the screwdriver is still flat works pretty good. A little heat from a propane torch will help too.

Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326277 Sun Sep 15 2019 11:45 PM
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OhioSteve Offline OP
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Well it looks like I now have another excuse to buy another tool! I first put a gasket scrapper on it, which seemed fit pretty good, but no movement.
I'll take your advice with vice grips and a little heat if needed. Thanks


1948 1/2 Ton 6-volt 216
Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326279 Sun Sep 15 2019 11:52 PM
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klhansen Offline
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Socket sets used to come with a screwdriver type socket. You might be able to find one of those at a swap meet
It's been ages since I've seen one.
Drag Link Socket
[on edit] Snap-on still sells them.

Last edited by klhansen; Sun Sep 15 2019 11:57 PM.

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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326284 Mon Sep 16 2019 12:04 AM
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OhioSteve Offline OP
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KLhansen - Thanks for adding the ebay link!! I'll be bidding for sure smile...
May get good leverage with my breaker bar ...

Thanks
Steve


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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326321 Mon Sep 16 2019 03:28 AM
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Grigg Offline
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Don't bid without knowing the size and what size you need.

I collect drag link sockets (when I find them cheap) because every time I need one it is always a different size than what I already have. Even have one that is 3/4" drive, sometimes there is no substitute for the proper tool... I tried a lot of things before buying that one.


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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326325 Mon Sep 16 2019 04:18 AM
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Fox Offline
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If it comes off easily, thank the PO for at least adding a little grease somewhere along the way. Mine were always a bear to get off.


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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326332 Mon Sep 16 2019 09:01 AM
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OhioSteve Offline OP
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I actually found one in my old tools collection, but not quit as wide as needed, because of how tight. I'll pickup a used wider one up.
This poor truck hasn't seen much grease in a long while.


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Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326409 Mon Sep 16 2019 08:43 PM
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52Carl Offline
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I made one of those sockets out of a large nut and bolt with a welder and an angle grinder. It has a screwdriver blade on one end and a big hex head on the other. I use a socket on a 1/2" air ratchet to back them out.

Re: Tie-Rod End removal prep for Kingpin work (48' 1/2 Ton) [Re: OhioSteve] #1326545 Tue Sep 17 2019 05:17 PM
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I think I made one from a cole chisel. It had a hexagon shank that I used a wrench on.


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