[200q20v] Re: [s-cars] front suspension/replace tie rods

ikessel at amexol.net ikessel at amexol.net
Thu May 31 15:48:09 EDT 2001

On Thu, 31 May 2001 15:28:55 EDT C1J1Miller at aol.com wrote:

> (snip)
> "The moral of this story: if your adjusters are frozen solid and you
> don't 
> have a well equipped mechanical lab at your disposal, perhaps it would be 
> best for you just to bite the bullet and buy two complete new tie rod 
> assys."
> -- 
> Igor Kessel
> two turbo quattros
> ----
> I'd say instead:  spend some time freeing up the adjusters at home,
> or pull them off and do them on the bench, prior to having the idiots 
> break and mangle them doing the alignment.
> If the guys are charging $50 or so per hour, don't expect them to
> spend an extra hour or so freeing up frozen parts, unless you
> instruct them to do so.  They'd rather try brute force or replace
> with new...
> Chris (who's kept his tie rod adjusters in good shape by occasionally 
> loosening/tightening them with some penetrating oil added for good
> measure... remember to release the jam ring portion on the inside...)

I do this once a year now as a preventive measure. Live and learn.

Oh, and I do my own alighnment too these days :-)
Thanks to my self made digital Camber gauge, the Jeff G's (a.k.a.
Audidudi) instructions on setting the toe and the ridiculous $230 price
for a 4-wheel quattro alignment charged by dealers nowadays.

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros

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