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hi this is lostrider,
Are you trying to get it loose at the knuckle?
Thank you for the reply, they make a special tool for the ones that dont want to come loose, but I have always used a big hammer, take the nut off the tie rod at the knuckle and take the hammer and smack the curved end of the knuckle, (not the tie rod) where the tie rod is inserted, you may have to hit it a few times for the tie rod to pop loose, hope this helps.
here is a diagram and the tool number for the special tool.
Thank you for the reply, on some of these the steering gear has to be removed from the car and the rack gear teeth exposed and clamped into a vice, then all the thread locker removed to remove the inner tie rod, here is the procedure from the service manual, hope this helps.
Removal and Installation
NOTE: Record the number of turns required to remove the tie-rod end.
CAUTION: To counter the extensive torque forces required to remove the tie-rod, clamp the rack gear teeth in a suitable vise. Do not clamp the steering gear body.
CAUTION: Make sure vise jaw protectors are used.
NOTE: Remove all traces of thread locking compound from the steering rack threads.
CAUTION: Make sure the tie-rod is clean before installing the boot.
NOTE: To prevent the steering gear boot from twisting during toe adjustment, apply long-life grease to the groove in the tie-rod and uniformly to the inner diameter of the steering gear boot.
NOTE: Install new boot clamps.