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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Power Steering Cylinder Removal

I am trying to rebuild my power steering cylinder on my '63 impala. I have the hoses and the rod removed on the drivers side, but I'm unable to get the swivel end stud out of the centerlink. i dont want to force anything. I found information on the interweb saying not to use a pickle fork, but i cant find info on what to use....Bueller....Bueller....Bueller???
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 08:14 PM
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I believe the stud is 5/8th inch. If you have a replacement part handy run your fork over the stud to verify the threaded stud will fit between the tines. There are several sizes of ball joint forks on the shelf of your auto parts store, you want one the fits best so that the force is applied as close to the bottom of the ball as close as possible to the stud. A fork that is too big can break parts as the parts will come out at an angle; and a fork that is too small will not allow the stud to pass between the tines.

The other tool you will need is a properly referred to as an Engineer's hammer, it is more commonly called a Ford hammer.

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/14446100892198955407?q=engineer's%20hammer&safe=of f&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADFA_enUS493&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bv m=bv.46340616,d.eWU&biw=1536&bih=744&wrapid=tlif13 6823073900010&sa=X&ei=TouNUaLYFITY9QTUnoHIAQ&ved=0 CG0Q8wIwAA .

Just like people will call a ball joint fork a pickle fork, if you bought a nice rose point sterling silver pickle fork you would get much accomplished.

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There is a tool for every job. That is how you can tell a mechanic from a kid who just graduated from his ASE certification class in high school. The mechanic will have several large heavy multiple drawer tool chests, and the high school kid has a 99 piece Sears mechanics set in a tackle box.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thought i would give an update. I ended up finding some great information from a Mustang website. (turned my stomach a little bit) Anyhoo..after removing the castle nut on the back side of the centerlink, it said to smack the centerlink itself, not the cylinder rod, a few good times with a BFH and the rod would pop out. I'll be damned if it didnt work! I was able to get the cylinder rebuilt and reinstalled in no time. so far no leaks. The cylinder rod did look and feel pretty worn in a few places so im sure its only a short term cure. but i was tired of having to put cardboard under the car all the time. I appreciate your response Big Dave. Its good to know that i can come here for help.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:30 AM
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Problem with that technique is that the steering linkage parts are made of cast nodular iron. Cast iron is brittle and can shatter like glass if hit with sufficient force with a steel hammer. Hopefully you were wearing your safety goggles while working under the car.

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