Tie Rod Removal

Use a puller instead of a hammer when removing alloy tie rod ends.

It’s important to use the right tool when replacing aluminum and alloy steering linkage. Striking softer metals with a hardened hammer can cause unrepairable damage. Use the appropriate puller instead.

Outer tie rod ends swivel on a ball stud that can wear and become loose, resulting in excessive free play and changes in the toe. They press fit into a tapered hole in the steering knuckle and can be difficult to remove without a puller like the one in the illustration.

There’s a special tool for outer tie rods, inner tie rods, pitman arms, etc. They seem to come in all shapes and sizes, but the right puller can quickly resolve a difficult job. Using a puller helps prevent damage to the steering knuckle, the tie rod end, and the threads on the stud.