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Just noticed that my 3000 has a lot of play in the left drag link. After a closer look, the nut is really loose. I don't know if this is a typical setup, but mine has a lockwasher and a lock nut. I tried for about an hour or so today to loosen or tighten it with no luck. Is there a secret to keep the ball end from turning. I tried tapping from the top hoping to seat it down in the taper, but still turns. I soaked it in PB and cut a screwdriver slot in the male threaded end. But I still cannot hold it with a large screwdriver while turning the nut. Any suggestions?
 
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If you have a pickle fork you could try wedging it between the link and the axle and hopefully then be able to get the nut loose. Might need an extra set of hands for this. Would also try some heat on the nut.

Me, I would just buy a new link end, cut the old one off and start new. Don't think they're that expensive. Let us know how it goes.
 

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I don't know if I am looking at the right part or not, but some prices on the web are around $80. Ouch!
 
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I don't know if I am looking at the right part or not, but some prices on the web are around $80. Ouch!
Never done the newer ones. On the older fords they're around $25 - $30

I would try the pickle fork and heat first. Just try and keep the heat on the nut so you don't melt anything up top.
 

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Well sometimes, you just get lucky. Tried the blue flame wrench.........didn't work. That is one of my favorite tools, but this time it let me down. So, I used my cutoff tool to carefully split the nut. Inserted large screwdriver into the split to pry nut open. Then it came right off. I happened to have a 1/2" fine thread washer-head nut that was just the right size. Tapped the taper down to seat and with a flat washer under the nut/washer, was able to tighten really tight. No loose play now. All is well!
 
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Now there's a good ending and I trick I've never heard of doing. Thanks for the lesson Sir and glad it worked out for you. Gotta love the ZERO DOLLAR repairs.
 

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ya beat me to it.. but yeah.. splititng the nut on a stubborn tie end is the best way... or at least never fails, in the end.. :)
 

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This tie rod end looks to be a standard size. Anyone out there ever tried to match this one to one at a parts house? The brand Moog is one that just might work.
 

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lotsa times generic ones have been subbed. as long as the pin and socket fit.. not much else matters. ( can be dealt with.. etc.. )
 
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