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    Not very experienced here obviously..

    in connecting body with chassis again on my Iltis jeep, I need to reconnect the tie rod ends. But the spindles (or bolts that the nuts thread onto) turn with the nuts; and no place to hang on to them with pliers or videgrips..
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    Default Re: re-attaching tie rod ends

    Usually an air or electric drive impact does the job.
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    hmmm.. I can't blow that hard
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    I meant you can rent an electric silly boy! They spin faster than the tie rod can and once they bite you can lean on 'em.
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    I guess I will have to rent one then. Rats.
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    Default Re: re-attaching tie rod ends

    Take a pry bar and wedge it in between the tie-rod and the spindle, put some pressure on the prybar which should give enough bite to crack it loose. (2 sets of hands works best for this)
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    Default Re: re-attaching tie rod ends

    Or use a jack to put some pressure on the tie rod.

    Or, easiest, cut the nut with a chisel.

    BTW, an electric impact really isn't all that strong. Especially compared to a 1/2 inch air gun at 150 PSI!!!

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    Default Re: re-attaching tie rod ends

    You've misunderstood. I am trying to re-assemble the nut and spindle. Anapeg got it right.

    SO I was told that if I whack the spindle down with a hammer, it is a friction fit kind of bold that should hold in place while I bolt the nut back on with an ordinary ratchet..
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    Default Re: re-attaching tie rod ends

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesky View Post
    You've misunderstood. I am trying to re-assemble the nut and spindle. Anapeg got it right.

    SO I was told that if I whack the spindle down with a hammer, it is a friction fit kind of bold that should hold in place while I bolt the nut back on with an ordinary ratchet..
    True. But if you don't have that impact, when the nut faces up, you can use a jack to apply pressure to get enough friction so you can turn the nut up tight. Or a long bar, if the nut faces down. Whacking it with a hammer might be counter-productive.

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