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Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn

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05-23-2020 09:30:54

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I have a 4030 Ford industrial (non-adjustable front axel). Some where in its life the toe-in was set to 4" instead of the 1/4" to 1/2". An easy fix it should be unil you find that the adjusting sleeve won't turn. Even with a 6 foot pipe on the pipe wrench. Clamps are completely removed, exposed treads cleaned and sprayed with PB Blaster. I have not used heat because I don't have welding torch. Would a propane torch work? Damaging the sleeve is not an option because they cannot be found (8" long 3/4"X16 one end 1"X16 other end). Any suggestions?

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05-24-2020 08:29:50

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 Re: Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn in reply to dgehalo, 05-23-2020 09:30:54  
These work on cars it grabs the slot in the sleeve and tends to open it up as it turns it.

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Lynn Patrick

05-24-2020 05:48:57

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 Re: Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn in reply to dgehalo, 05-23-2020 09:30:54  
Had the same problem on my 2110. Propane torch, time, penetrant, & the 2 hammer trick finally worked. Took a long time w/the small torch, but did the job.

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wore out

05-23-2020 09:54:42

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 Re: Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn in reply to dgehalo, 05-23-2020 09:30:54  
"Buck" a large hammer against one side of the tube, tap on the other side with a smaller hammer, hit all over, back and forth, round and round, keeping the big hammer 180 from where you are hitting at all times, keep parting area wet with "loosen juice", hopefully some will work into the thread as you tap.

Eventually it will come loose.

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Larry NCKS

05-23-2020 09:52:59

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 Re: Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn in reply to dgehalo, 05-23-2020 09:30:54  
I don't think a propane torch will generate enough heat. You need a rosebud on an oxy-acetylene torch to get it cherry red.

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05-25-2020 06:40:34

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 Re: Drag Link Adjusting Sleeve Won't Turn in reply to Larry NCKS, 05-23-2020 09:52:59  
a Map gas bottle will be considerably hotter than a propane bottle. Sold in the same rack.. propane are blue, map gas are yellow. preferred/recommended for larger copper pipe projects and a/c work. Also for where your near sensitive parts like a shower valve where heating longer can damage parts. burns at 3760, but with ox, around 5700F. It is more expensive than propane. I have had good success with it when I am not near my welding bottles, for freeing frozen parts.

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