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Old 10-13-2007, 01:55 PM
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I need to remove the PS control valve and I'm having a bear of a time getting the control valve ball stud out of the sector shaft arm. I've removed the cotter pin and castle nut and I've been banging away at the stud to no avail. I've even had a go at it with a pickle fork, but not too hard because I don't want to break anything important (messing up the stud and boot are fine, I'm replacing them).
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:38 PM
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I leave the castle nut on part way to protect the threads of the stud. Penetrating oil and patient soft tapping should eventually loosen it. I pickle fork and hard banging will damage the valve. T-Bird vendors are now refusing to take in cores that are damaged in this way.
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I leave the castle nut on part way to protect the threads of the stud. Penetrating oil and patient soft tapping should eventually loosen it. I pickle fork and hard banging will damage the valve. T-Bird vendors are now refusing to take in cores that are damaged in this way.
Too late for the threads, unfortunately, I've buggered them up pretty good. Can't get the nut back on. I'm replacing the stud, so I'm not worried about the threads, but I do need to be able to get it out!

How do I get penetrating oil in there since I can't get access to the top? Spraying the bottom isn't likely to help, is it?

Banging on the stud will damage the control valve? I understand that banging on the valve would, but the studs off to the side.

I hope I haven't already made a mess of it.
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You need to get the penetrating oil at the joint of the of the control valve stud and the steering linkage.

I know these control valves are a pain to get out after 40 plus years. Soak and tap. Soak overnight ifneedbe. Tap, tap, tap and suddenly it just breaks loose.

Okay, it sounds like you ruined the ball stud at the thread end. That's okay. The ball inside should be okay along with the cylinder. Just don't use a pickle fork - it will damage the valve.
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Alexander & Doug:

Do you think that a Gear Puller would do it? The one in mind is like Ice Tongs with a threaded stud in the middle. Auto Zone may have one in their Loaner Tool.
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I spent the day in the garage and for most of the after noon, between other tasks, I'd go over to the ball stud and spray it and tap it for a while. Nothin so far.

The puller idea isn't a bad one, but then again I was going at it with a pickle fork. I've got an unused spring compressor (and that pickle fork) to return to them, maybe I'll trade for a gear puller.

What say you folks?
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