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    I had the same problem on my '91 200q when I took it in for an
alignment. The left front tie rod end needed replacing - it took the
mechanic about 60 minutes with a torch and various (progessively larger and
heavier) implements of persuasion to get the tie rod end unthreaded from the
tie rod. I've been through this before - that's why I took it to the dealer
and stood around making helpful suggestions while the unfortunate mechanic
sweated and strained. The best $40 I've spent in a long time - it was worth
it just for the entertainment value! They even gave me a break on the price
because it took so long ( we have a great local AUDI dealer!).

Fred Munro
'91 200q  257k km

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike0264@aol.com <Mike0264@aol.com>
To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
Date: Saturday, September 12, 1998 2:30 PM
Subject: TIE RODS 4KQ

>I went to get an alignment today and discovered that my front tie rods are
>basically welded together with rust ..so basicly my car left in the same
>condition as it arrived in...{out of alignment in all four corners}..the
>mechanic said that the camber was off, the tow was off..and my caster was
>pretty close but non- adjustable on the 4k?.....has anyone out there
>the complete front tie rods
>on their 4k....some hints as how to go about this would be helpful...It
>tight in that engine compartment....