2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Quick Way To Fix Worn Tie RodsWhen a tie rod gets worn or comes apart, John Owens has a “fast fix” solution. His Ford 5000 tractor came with a non-greasable, permanently lubricated tie rod joint. When the piece of nylon that provided the non-lubricant lubrication wore out, Owens was in the middle of a job.
“I didn’t want to stop and order parts,” says Owens. “A new tie rod would have cost $220, but I figured out how to fix it with a $1 washer.”
The first step was to take it to a shop that had a tie rod knocker. The removal tool is a tapered fork that slides under the tie rod end. With the help of a hammer, it is driven in to knock the pivot pin out. He then put the pin bolt back in the socket and secured it in place with a 7/8-in. steel washer that fits over the end of it.
“I welded the washer around the outside rim on the top of the socket and put the tie rod back in place on the tractor,” says Owens.
Later Owens had to do the same thing to the other tie rod on his 5000. Both have held up just fine.
“I always figured that when they wore out, I would get the parts to replace them,” says Owens. “However, the first one has lasted for many years and so has the second. All I do is squirt some oil into the socket once in a while.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John N. Owens, P.O. Box 875, Paris, Texas 75461 (ph 903 982-6952).
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