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November 28, 2016, 10:07:18 pm


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Good tie rod tool for older lefties
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:07:18 pm »
Some older MK2s like mine have a left tie rod with no removable outer end. >:(

The popular tools that look like a tube would require cutting off the old outer end. :-\

Not so bad, unless something goes wrong, and then you have a car that needs to be dollied.  :'(

This tool works great, with no need to cut the rod:

Left inner end:

Bolt it on:

A long extension and stong 1/2->3/8 adapter gets it done from the wheel well:

Once loose, remove the tool and spin off the rod by hand.

A minor downside is that tightening requires clamping the tool on again  (to the replacement part). Also odd that it has the fitting for the 3/8 socket drive, but it still works well.

Costs about $16 on Amazon, $20 at the local parts stores.