Pulling Tools And Jaw Pullers-A General Guide

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If your shop or garage isn’t equipped with the right tools, it can make every job seem like an impossible task. Jaw pullers and other pulling tools are essential for all kinds of projects. When working on a car, you may come across some parts that require special tools, such as these, to do the job. One of the most common types is pulleys and gears. They are generally pressed on by the factory they came from, making their removal almost impossible.

The jaw puller is ideal for this kind of issue. These are spectacular when it comes to removing steering wheels or balancers. There are generally three types of jaw pullers and endless amounts of other pulling tools. If you attempt to remove an old tie rod, you’ll want the unique tool for that because those can put up a fight when it comes time to remove them. You may struggle with the hammer-tap method; if you are, the puller will be your best friend.

Other parts on some cars are just impossible to remove without a special puller. Today, there seems to be a tool for just about everything. If it doesn’t come off, search for the right tool. Your garage must be stocked with the right equipment if you work on many cars with older parts.

Jaw Pullers – The Pulling Tools

The jaw pullers and their uses aren’t exclusive. Pullers, especially the universal type, are ideal for all sorts of projects. As soon as you know how to use them., you’ll find a variety of creative applications, even beyond your car.

Tie rod tool

Removing old tie rods is usually a bear, especially when your vehicle is old and crusty. We typically try out the hammer-tap method first. However, this doesn’t usually work with old cars. That’s why tie-rod removal tools have developed. Pickle forks tend to damage spare parts, so those are out. These power tools are a one-piece cast or solid U-shaped mechanism that locks within the steering arm or drag link, and the center stud is threaded in to press the joint out. They work well and are inexpensive. You should flip the castle nut over and roll several threads to the joint to keep the press stud centered, as they can walk off the standard and booger the lines.

These jaw pullers tools use for extracting tie rods, pitman arms, and in many cases, ball joints. Slip it across the joint, thread the spindle towards the stud and make it tighter till it pops loose.

Three jaw pullers

One of the universal pullers, the 3-jaw puller, has three articulating arms with both external and internal hooks. They can use to take out gears, wheel hubs, pulleys, and all sorts of tricky-to-remove parts. They are available in several sizes and therefore are inexpensive. Every garage must have three sizes of 3 jaw pullers in the cabinet. Like the tie rod tools, the middle stud is threaded to accomplish this hard work for you.

Jaw Pullers

The classic three jaw puller works best for gears, pulleys, and all other types of press-fit parts that might need some help coming off. It would help to be careful, as they tend to pop loose.

Balancer tool

Old model Chevy and Chrysler machines have exceptional crankshaft damper/pulleys, which require removal for many jobs. Similar to a 3-jaw puller, this classic removal tool has three hooks to lock to the particular locations on the balancer. They’re solid steel and not quite as flexible as the regular three-jaw pullers, but you need them whenever you need them.

Jaw Pullers


This balancer tool works best for most GM and Chrysler late-model engines.

Within the balancer, you will find three notches (see arrow) in the puller jaws to lock.

Two jaw pullers

Often, you can’t fit three jaws within the part, so you need a 2-jaw puller. Most less regularly used but valuable when required—the function is the same as the 3-jaw puller.

A typical 2-jaw puller

Steering wheel

Pulling a steering wheel is often a complete pain. However, with the proper tool, it’s not that bad. You could ask, “when would I like to pull the steering wheel?” Why not consider changing a damaged turn signal cam or fixing the steering wheel position after changing steering wheel elements? A steering wheel puller usually has four slotted holes to fit the regular two and three-hole spacing for steering wheels. The middle stud has a free-spinning spindle to the end to maintain it aligned. These kits are available with a range of bolts to fit your wheel. Other uses of this puller include gears, small hubs, and any other odd-shaped piece with threaded holes across the center.

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These are the typical steering wheel puller kit.


The pulley installer is yet another must-have for any DIY garage. Most often used for power steering pumps, this puller runs on the notched hub and unusual ring with the ever-present center stud to seize the notch at the pulley’s center (nearly all press-fit power steering pulleys have got this) and draw the sucker off. This tool can be an installer for press-fit pulleys. The middle stud threads into the pulley’s shaft, and the significant outer bearing thread on, pressing the pulley into position.

Pulling Tools

It is the pulley install/removal tool. It works with most press-on pulleys.

Pulling Tools


To remove pulleys, the kits use a clamshell design that locks over the removal groove on the pulley.

Pulling Tools

Then you use two wrenches to install the pulley.

Pulling Tools

The installation uses the clamshell too. The Pulling Tools is assembled jointly and threaded into the pump, and the clamshell pushes the pulley on top of the shaft.

Armed with this information, you’ll be able to get those stubborn press-fit parts changed and back to watching those old 80s videos. Just pull it, pull it good!!

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