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Old 03-27-2011, 08:18 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by missamo80 View Post
Keep whacking at it. 20 times is nothing. I think I wailed on mine for more than an hour before I got the #%(* thing to come apart. If you can borrow a ball joint separator from your local auto parts store that might work too.

Other people have said that heating it with a torch helps, but I didn't want to try that since I didn't know what I was doing.

Thanks Neil. I banged some more to no avail. The ball joint on the one tie rod came off with the "sleeve" that sits in the knuckle . My Indy friend said he hasn't seen that in eight years while working on BMWs. For this reason (the sleeve must be pressed back in the knuckle) and becuase I cannot get the second tie rod off, I plan to cut my loses and have my Indy friend do this job.

For some reason I feel like I failed this DIY attempt. Do you ever feel this way when a job stumps you?
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