Well, at least on that side! Age really got to that boot as it is hard as a rock.at least you will now know everything that's fixed on the car
I have ruined the same boot with the pickle fork as wellWell, at least on that side! Age really got to that boot as it is hard as a rock.
I also tore the boot on the tie rod end taking it off with a pickle fork (is it possible to not tear it?), so I am replacing that one too.
Hoping Les Schwab gets my knuckle back to me today.
It is possible to not tear it. I typically don't use a pickle fork on tie rod end unless I don't care if I destroy them. If I plan to reuse the tie rod end I will install the castle nut upside down on the threaded portion to the point where the bottom of the stud matches the bottom of the nut, then smack the underside with a large hammer. If a couple of smacks doesn't free it up, then I'll dig out the air hammer and fire up the air compressor. A few seconds of hammering on the flat of the knuckle next to the tie rod end will usually free the tie rod right up and no damage will be done to the rubber boot.I also tore the boot on the tie rod end taking it off with a pickle fork (is it possible to not tear it?), so I am replacing that one too.
Been there with my interceptor, so I know what I'm in for on the SHO. The worst job was rear bearings, had to beat those out. With my control arms I used a center punch to tap out of knuckle. Same with tie rod, not a fan of pickle bars, unless I need to pop shaft out of transmission.