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tierod removal

The easy part is done - removing the ball joint at the wheel. I Does anyone know how the other end comes off? I thought it was just screwed in because the turbo tierod I have is threaded at that end. I removed everything else and using several different tools tried turning the forked joint CCW. It turns, but it doesn't come out! Being cautious by nature I thought I would stop until I understood the problem better. I have a tierod wrench from Pelican that I don't know how to use at this stage. It will grip one side of the bellows holder, but that doesn't come off. Anyone done this?
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Slide back the boot and get a wrench on the part underneath right near th rack housing. May take some effort these are 30+ year old cars.
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Doesn't the "hook" part of the wrench hook onto the slots that you can see in your first picture? (I'm not sure, as I haven't done the job myself.)

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Yes the wrench does grip the bellows holder on the other side from the tierod. I can only grip it one way, to give a CCW turn, and it doesn't budge. Does the bellows holder act as a lock on the tierod end? The replacement tierod just has a threaded end so I would expect that the tierod just unscrews.
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It just unscrews. I did mine with my car on a lift. Use something to lengthen the tool to get more leverage.
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WS91420: Are you saying the bellows holder just unscrews? I don't understand why the bellows holder has to come off. It looks like it is swaged onto the steering arm and is not meant to be removed. I put on some gloves and tried using the wrench I got from Pelican again. It has sharp edges, which limits how much force I can apply. So far all I've been able to do is just tear junks of soft metal out of the bellows holder with this tool.
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Success!!

Earlier I was turning the fork CW and it was almost screwed in all the way, so I thought it wasn't coming out. After turning it CCW several rotations the threads are beginning to show. As to the bellows holder: I think it's swaged on and there is no reason to remove it anyway. Thanks for the suggestions. I hope my experience helps someone later on.
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A correction

After I removed the tierod end I found the bellows holder is threaded and acts as a lock nut on the tierod. Its made of aluminum so it isn't the first thing you want to try turning to remove the tierod. I used a long screwdriver, vicegrip pliers, and a wrench to turn the fork. Eventually the bellows holder came free, without having to use the hooked wrench.

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Good job
Won't need none of that hardware for the new one.
Turbo rods have a boot that goes over all that mess onto the rack housing

Some people use use the special thin wrench to tighten up the new one. I just use a pipe wrench.
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