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Old 05-23-2015, 12:45 PM   #1
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Die to chase threads on a tie rod end?

Like an idiot I hammered my tie rod end bolt head to get it out. It didn't work. It's stuck in there good.

So I got the strut swapped out with it in place and now I have discovered I have messed up the top threads and I can't get the bolt started.

Any idea of a chain store whereI might find something to clean up these threads?

I have a spare bolt, so I'm good there.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:29 PM   #2
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12mm X 1.5 medium pitch Harbor Freight is where I bought a full metric set for engine rebuilding. Amazing how cheap it was. Sears may have it in stock.
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:26 PM   #3
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Thanks! Just bought a set at HF.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:07 PM   #4
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If the threads go al the way through the piece, try thresding the bolt from the back to clean out the threads.
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Old 05-24-2015, 04:22 AM   #5
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Sadly, it's an outer tie rod end and the other end is all hooked up...
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:52 AM   #6
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A file may be a better solution to clean up the lead in thread. A die can work, but it can also do a lot of damage to the existing threads by cutting a new set over the old.
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:23 PM   #7
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Itsanova said he would sell me a used one for $20 if I screw this up...
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