96' voyager van tie rod problem


#1

Hello everyone, I am replacing a broken tie rod on this van, the problem is, the nut is on so tight that it is spinning the stud in the tie rod and I cannot find a way to keep it from turning. Is there a trade trick? A tool that I could use? Any ideas would be warmly appreciated.



Cheers,



Steven


#2

If you have one of those large fork type joint separators, drive it into the joint. Then, loosen the nut.


#3

hellokit is on the right path. This tool is also known as a pickle fork. It would be wise for you to soak the nut/stud with PB BLASTER. It’s a great solvent found at any parts store.


#4

Inner tie rod end I bet. There is a long socket and a manual. I let the alignment shop do it for me so I can’t tell you any secrets. It used to be so easy to work on a 67 Chevy alignment that I don’t like the front wheel drive cars.


#5

Well It got done, but I wanted to mention how it was done. I sprayed oil stuff for a couple of days, then I used a large monkey wrench which hold the part in place by not being able to turn agaist the body of the van… Great to be a contractor :slight_smile:

I did notice a little brass nut on top of the tie rod, Can someone tell me what is that for? Do you suppose to pour oil in there?

Many thanks


#6

Glad you got it done. That little nut on the new tie rod is a grease fitting or a plug where a grease fitting gets installed. Keep it greased.