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What tool(s) to use....

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What tool(s) to use to separate the outer tie rod & lower control arm from the spindle?

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a "pickle fork" or more commonly known as a ball-joint seperator...

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hi folks.....

What tool(s) to use to separate the outer tie rod & lower control arm from the spindle?

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The post above me is correct. You can go down to any local store, and Kragen or Autozone also rent those tools out.

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If they are a REAL PAIN IN THE A**, (like my LCA balljoints, where the pickle fork didn't work) you will need a set like this:

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thank you for the inputs....

one last question..... as for the pickle fork, is this a 'one size fits both' thing?
it seems the LCA ball joint is bigger than the Tie Rod Ball Joint.

and i will keep those puller set in mind.
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The one for tie rods is same design but smaller. They are about 20 bucks each.

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The one for tie rods is same design but smaller. They are about 20 bucks each.
Correct. All ya do is put the fork part of the tool between the tie rod, and the spindle then give the tool a couple good whacks with a hammer.

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If they are a REAL PAIN IN THE A**, (like my LCA balljoints, where the pickle fork didn't work) you will need a set like this:

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Guys, this is really what you want; only a couple of these are really needed, but man...

I took out the first set of ball joints with a fork, but ended up buying a 2 jaw puller for the endlinks... it worked so much better than the fork.

I beat on the ball joints for an hour with the pickle fork; the second set (on the black car) I was completely done on both sides in an hour.

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Save yourself some serious effort!
the pickle fork didn't work on my LCA's either... i just caved and waited the next day for my snap on guy =P I took em home, put the tool on the LCA, tightened it, gave it about 2 full turns, and BAAAAANG! It made the loudest noise and echoed through my garage.

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Remember that pickle forks will destroy the boot on any good component, and they aren't always the right tool. They will disappoint on the stabilizer link in some cases.

That box of tools is worth its weight in gold. Advance rents that exact kit for a deposit. I own the lower middle duckbill though, it was under $15 at harbor freight. It will painlessly separate tie rods and the stabilizer links in seconds. You don't need any other tool for that.

It will not fit on the ball joint though (it may be able to be modified by grinding it a bit for the wider shaft- it is actually sold as a "ball joint seperator for some cars"). If you do separate the ball joint, be careful with the nut. It has a prevailing torque insert that will cause it to spin with the shaft once the joint separated from the knuckle. An impact would probably solve the issue, but I believe if you take the bolt off while the joint is still attached to the knuckle, flip it over and run it down a few threads it will come out easier after you use those pusher tools.

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went to autozone on my way home, purchased the one on the upper left.
I was able to separate the tie rod end, had a hard time doing the LCA ball joint....
i drenched it with wd40 and called it a night... will work on it again tonight.
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