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#1 Vinnienova


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 03:47 PM

Got an issue with both track rod and ball joint top nuts there just spinning when trying to undo. I've unscrewed them a little but now they just spin. Without having to spend money on a blow torch or angle grinder is there another way of getting them off? I've used release spray but still finding it difficult. Tried jacking up the track rod arm to put pressure on but still not coming off just the nut spins with both. Any help would be appreciated

#2 unburntfuelinthemorning


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 04:49 PM

Placing a jack in the appropriate place always worked for me.  Were the fixings very rusty?  Can you retighten the nuts?  If you can, give the exposed threads a good wire brushing.  With the track rod end you can hammer it back into the taper from underneath.  With the upper balljoint hammer the upper arm down onto it while supporting the swivel hub.  Also you could try using a large pair of mole grips or the like to pinch the parts together in addition to the jack.  Maybe you could drill into the side of the nut and then use a chisel to split it.  Or buy a nut splitter. 

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 06:08 PM

yep just use the jack.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 07:01 PM

Try using the ball joint splitter the other way round so it pulls the TRE back onto the taper.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 07:51 PM

Impact wrench always works for me.......

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:40 PM

Hacksaw as a last resort but its hard work.


n.b. hacksaw the nut down one side vertically, not through the shaft horizontally as the pins/shafts are much tougher

Also cutting horizontally means you'll have to cut the nut AND the pin/shaft so more sweat (esp this summer :-))

#7 matt615


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:03 PM

As others have said, use a jack under the ball joint to put a bit of pressure on it. The nut should then come undone. Always works for me.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:19 PM

Or put pressure on with a crowbar to force the taper up into the arm

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:33 PM

Weight under the joint weather it be jack, crow bar or even a pair of slip jaw pliers clamped tightly.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 10:21 PM

Had the same problem and resolved this way.


Ball joint - attach grease gun and pump full of grease then get someone to hold the pressure by pressurising the grease gun/ball joint.


Track rod - wedge something like a sturdy screwdriver between the joint and apply constant pressure whilst undoing the nut.


Worked for me so hopefully will work for you.


Good luck

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 07:52 AM

A nut splitter. 


You can buy cheaper ones, but you don't get what you don't pay for in life.   (except toothache)




Edited by DeadSquare, 07 August 2018 - 01:44 PM.

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