Inner passenger side. Alignment shop couldn't get it to budge and also my long time Alfa tech who sold me the car couldn't get it to budge even with a lot of heat. He suggested take it off and getting it in a vice to see if it can be freed up.Which one are you trying to loosen? one is left hand thread, right?
The cal-van tool worked well for Gene the alignment man at Butler Tire in Marietta GA. I gave it to him -just in case anyone else need it. I may be that guy, sooner or later.The plumbers basin wrench works sometimes but cal-van tool better choice.
NO righty tightly lefty loosey. His problem as I understand it is that threads between inner and outer TREs are frozen and even heating with torch will not free them up.Where the inners attach to the rack are both right hand, but it sounded like the problem was with the alignment adjustment and the lock nut, or inner arm attachment to the ball joint. One of those is left hand, no?
I really don't think the inner TRE is frozen in its ball socket.I've never experienced a frozen inner tie rod but wonder...
if you pop off the tie rod end from the upright, then gently "massage" the tie rod, moving it back and forth, little by little in circular and different directions, isn't there a chance that the inner ball will loosen up to the point where you can rotate it?
Not being there before, I not sure this would work, but I'd certainly give it a try. If the inner tie rod joint is frozen, is just dry or rusted?
Yes, this is the case here. Getting the car aligned was not too much of an issue since it was close but getting steering wheel strait was. I'm buying new tires soon and want to get it dialed in just right, so I want to get it off and see if I can free up the adjustment threads. If not I'll replace it. I'm ordering the Cal Van tool from Ebay. Like $22 with shipping.I really don't think the inner TRE is frozen in its ball socket.
His problem as I understand it is that adjusting threads on inner TRE are frozen in the outer TRE and even heating with torch will not free them up.
If jam nut is frozen to threads, too I have had to cut nut off threads and then have been able to get two rods to seperate/turn in a vise and using a pipe wrench.
This is what we are talking about: http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/164-168-1991-1995/165144-inner-outer-tie-rods.html