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Thread: End links replacement

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    End links replacement

    I bought a new set of stabilizer end links for my 99 Eldo.
    They are noisy when hitting bumps.
    What is the deal with getting these off?
    I can get the bolts off, but the studs are stuck in the mounting bracket on the top, and the stabilizer bar on the other end. Do I need a tie rod removal tool?
    Endless beating with a hammer has no effect.
    Any idea's? Do I have to heat them up?
    Is this a comon thing? I'm still on the first side....arghhhh

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    Re: End links replacement

    Is the weight on the suspension or is the suspension hanging?

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    Re: End links replacement

    It's hanging, should I try jacking up the suspension while its up
    on the blocks to take the tension off?

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    Re: End links replacement

    I used a small ball joint seperator and a hammer, they popped right off.

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    Re: End links replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Rag64top View Post
    It's hanging, should I try jacking up the suspension while its up
    on the blocks to take the tension off?
    Yes. Even if you beat on them long enough to pop it out (possible), your suspension will drop then, and you'll have to jack it up to get the new one in.
    Jack it up...5 minutes...done!

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    Re: End links replacement

    there's a much easier way, get a 2 inch or so pulley puller, get larger bolts so you can adjust the arm spacing to any length, slide it over the attach points, use a small C-clamp to clamp down the arms so they don't slide off the strut attach point and then just ratchet down on it and they'll pop right off.

    Otherwise buy a ball joint seperator 81NL2149N from jcwhitney it'll just take some time to get

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    Re: End links replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by FloorGod View Post
    Yes. Even if you beat on them long enough to pop it out (possible), your suspension will drop then, and you'll have to jack it up to get the new one in.
    Jack it up...5 minutes...done!
    I think the only thing that will drop is the stabilizer bar itself, no big deal, but I will try to take some of the pressure off it, and see how that works.
    I just got back from the tool store, and now am well armed with a set of various sized ball joint tools, (pickle forks), and a 2" pitman arm puller, so
    I can try like Raze said. I also got a tank of map gas, if none of the above works, I'll try putting some heat to it. Good idea about clamping down the puller with c clamps, I was afraid it would slip off, this will fix that.
    Here is the pitman arm puller that I got, it is just 2" total inside measurment (1.5" gap), so should fit over the bracket where the end links bolts up to, and hopefully will work on the bar end also.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...8086754&rd=1,1

    Thanks for all the sugestions, I appreciate all the help.
    Sometime I wonder why I start these projects myself, and when I do , I have
    a greater respect for mechanics, and all the tricks they know, and the tools they have. Every time something seems simple, its not.

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    Re: End links replacement

    Harbor Freight tool 99849 works perfect for this job!

    http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html

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