How to Remove Tie Rods

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Remove tie rods on your car when installing performance brakes, where the steering arm attaches to the spindle; learn how in this free auto-remodeling video.

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Next thing Mark's going to do is remove the old brake setup. You know, a 40 year old brake hose there, no sense going through the effort of trying to unscrew it; it would just break anyway. Next step is to remove the tie rod. This is where the steering arm, the tie rod attaches to the spindle and allows the car to steer. Again, this one is a castellated nut that has a cotter pin in it so Mark has removed the cotter pin and he'll go right to his extremely orderly toolbox and reach for the socket and loosen it up. These nuts usually come off pretty easily, they?re not a real tight fit there. The tool Mark's using here is called a "pickle fork" for obvious reasons. And this separates the tie rod from the spindle. If we were saving much of the pieces here, there's other ways we can do this, but this is the fastest, easiest way to get it apart.

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