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hello i am desperatly trying to get the track rod end off the steering rack i have tryed heat, pulling tugging it just wont twist off any ideas.
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Re: track rod end

it wont turn or its just swiveling on the joint?
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it just wont turn i thought this was the simple bit. its off the hub just need to twist it off the steering rack
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Re: track rod end

I presume you have unlocked it, then hold the track rod with a set of moles, not on the threaded bit, then pipe grips on the TRE.

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Re: track rod end

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ok, the hub part is now off, no probs, the lock nut on the steering rack is off after we heated it........ its the actual track rod end on the steerting rack.

We have gripped the flats on the steering rack with a good set of molegrips very very tight, and tried to unscrew the track rod end, it doesnt happen!

We have tried heating it with a gas blow torch, we have tried using a ring spanner on the actual taperd end whilst griping the flats, we have done it all. Even plus gas isnt helping.........i have thought about cutting it along the length of the track, but i can see myself messing the threads on the steering rack, please help, im at my wits end.

It is a Cinq Sporting 1996......if it helps, its funky cinqs car AKA sam, bloody thing!

Many thanks soph x
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Re: track rod end

Quote Originally Posted by socheeky
hi,

ok, the hub part is now off, no probs, the lock nut on the steering rack is off after we heated it........ its the actual track rod end on the steerting rack.

We have gripped the flats on the steering rack with a good set of molegrips very very tight, and tried to unscrew the track rod end, it doesnt happen!

We have tried heating it with a gas blow torch, we have tried using a ring spanner on the actual taperd end whilst griping the flats, we have done it all. Even plus gas isnt helping.........i have thought about cutting it along the length of the track, but i can see myself messing the threads on the steering rack, please help, im at my wits end.

It is a Cinq Sporting 1996......if it helps, its funky cinqs car AKA sam, bloody thing!

Many thanks soph x

Why it wont come off is you don't have enough leverage.. Grind the tip of the rod end off, make a profile like a few flat sides then whack a socket on the end of it. this will enable the use of a big bar
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Re: track rod end

Not sure exactly which part you're having problems with, but I can tell you this - took me one night with a blow torch (really lots of heat) to undo the locking nut, then yet another night to undo the other locking nut, and then a very long night to get one of the ends to finally screw. The other one never gave up... Hammering it helps too of course, but not when it's hot! You don't want to do a small smith job The good news is - once it moves about 1mm then you are practically done.

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Re: track rod end

I just put the flat part of teh steering rack in a vice and used a spanner and molegrips on the trackrod end, came off easy Just means removing the rack from the car, but thats no biggie - just 2 bolts.
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