1998 Ford Windstar front driver side inner tie rod

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 205,000 MILES
Trying to get the driver side inner tie rod off, but no way to get a wrench or anything in there to top of it to unbolt, no room to even turn a wrench. Is there some special tool you need to get up in there to get it off so can put new one on.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 1:13 PM

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Tiny
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You need to use

Pitman Arm Puller (T64P-3590-F),

sorry I don't have a diagram?

POWER RACK & PINION STEERING GEAR
Removal
Place steering gear, steering wheel and front wheels in straight-ahead position. Using a twin post hoist, raise vehicle. Support vehicle with jackstands under front jack pads. See Fig. 3. Remove front wheels.
Fig. 3: Supporting Vehicle For Steering Gear Removal
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Remove and discard tie rod end cotter pin. Remove tie rod end castle nut. Using Tie Rod End Remover (T64P-3590-F), separate tie rod end from spindle arm. Remove stabilizer bar. Remove steering column lower intermediate shaft-to-steering gear bolt. Disconnect intermediate shaft from steering gear. Support steering gear and remove nuts, bolts and washers retaining steering gear to crossmember.
Remove rear subframe to body bolts. Support exhaust pipe flex tube and remove flex pipe-to-"Y" pipe bolts. Lower hoist carefully until rear subframe separates from body approximately 4 inches. Remove heat shield band and fold shield down. Twist steering gear to clear bolts and slide left to access line fittings. Remove line fittings and drain fluid. Remove steering gear through left wheelwell.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 2:16 PM

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