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Old 10-21-2010, 12:06 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by loginfailed View Post
Using a wrench to remove the inner tie rod is not going to damage the rack. Just think about the forces that the rack has to endure on a daily basis just driving the car down the road. Imagine the force generated when you hit a bump or pothole at 20-30 MPH/KPH.

If the rack were that delicate, you would be replacing it at every oil change.
You have a point but the rack sees loads in tension and compression, not torsion while street driving. I have a friend who works for TRW and they have destroyed several racks by tightening in the inner tie rods without holding the rack from turning. I just want to know if anyone has any long term effects from using the method by the OP.

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