Tricks for tie rod free-up?

Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:39 pm

Hi guys-- I'm moving out the tires on our 230, and the rears went like butter but the tie rods seem to be well-stuck. Anybody have any tips for freeing them up so they move as easily as the manual makes it sound? Will some acetylene heat do it, or is there something else?
Thanks!
Ben

Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:04 am

On a standard adjustable tie rod I take a couple of washer that will slide over the solid shaft and up against the tube. Then find a socket that will slide on the solid shaft and up against the previous washer, then add another large washer. Leave about 1/2 inch of thread showing. Replace the tie rod end and start tightening. When you run out of thread add washers. Make sure to soak it good in Kroil a day or two before you start.

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:08 am

One other thing. did you completely remove the bolts? They are in notches on most of the tie rods, and the rods can't be pulled out till they are removed.

Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:00 pm

Do make sure that the bolts are all the way out as already mentioned, and then the oxy/acetylene torch can be your best friend. Get it good and hot, let it cool just slightly, and then spray everything down with P.B. blaster or similar, and then walk away from it. You may have to repeat the process.

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:13 pm

Cecil wrote:On a standard adjustable tie rod I take a couple of washer that will slide over the solid shaft and up against the tube. Then find a socket that will slide on the solid shaft and up against the previous washer, then add another large washer. Leave about 1/2 inch of thread showing. Replace the tie rod end and start tightening. When you run out of thread add washers. Make sure to soak it good in Kroil a day or two before you start.

not real sure but I think the 230 has the same type tie rods as a 130 [ ball and socket] not like a cub I take them off and lay them on a hard flat serface and strike them with a hammer all the way around the tube and soak in pb blaster they will come free. If you are in a hurry heat em up
David

Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:53 pm

If they are bent, you may have to carefully straighten them, before you can do any good. Also, if they are automotive style ends, A&I makes good aftermarket replacement, that are cost-effective.

Daniel