The tapered stud has to be held up to make it stick to the hole in the steering arm. I use a large channel lock pliers to squeeze it up.
That looks like an original part. You can tell because Ford left the grease fittings off to save money. If you replace that outer tie rod end, the new one won't come with a lock nut. It will have a normal nut and cotter pin, ... And a grease fitting.
Another way to get that nut on is to "snap" it on with an impact gun by using repeated short bursts. That will shock the nut to turn a little each time you snap the trigger, but you'll still need to squeeze it with a pliers to put some resistance on the stud.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 AT 1:06 PM