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Old 03-27-2004, 12:51 PM   #1
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I am trying to change my rear inner tie rod as i speak. I want to remove the tie rod and the tie rod end as one unit. But i can't get the cotter pin out on the tie rod end. The rounded end of the pin is in between the grooves on the castle nut so i can even get needle nose pliers on it . I need help one figuring how to get the pin out. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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You can't push it through from the other side? Or use a dental pick?
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I thought of that but I thought it might not fit through...does it?
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The head of the pin won't fit through. I'm talking about pushing the other end of the pin towards the head.
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okay...so should i break of the ends of the pin and use a dentists tool to push it out? Is this what you mean?
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Or a nail. Or a small pin. Anything will do. You should replace the pins, anyway, so destroy them if necessary. Just save one or the pieces to size the replacement.
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well I tried the densist tool and snapped it in half... the worst part is the position the pin, it is pointing like directly at where the shock and drum kind meet so it really sux.
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Can you post a pic?
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hmmm... i can but there is a problem. i have a family member down the street with one so i'd have to go to there house back to mine and back to theirs type thing. problem 2 i have to be at work in 30 mins, but luckily i have my parents car too. so if i post it i won't be able to respond till like 8:15 EST. but i'll go and try to get the camera. thanx again for all you help.
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I just twist off the castle nut and it will break the cotter pin. When you have the tie rod end off you can then use anything (I use a drill with a small bit to get them out). I don't waste my time with the cotter pins unless they come out really easy.
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