tie rod seperated from end

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Sat Mar 23 19:39:14 EST 2002

You guys are being overly cautious in your advice, interspursed with much
BS, IMO.  He didn't say that the threaded tie rod end was broken off, just
that the threads were missing.  Rod still goes into the rod end.  Weld the
SOB and drive 20 miles slowly, stop if it falls apart. It won't, even with
little welding expertise.


> From: "Chris Locke" <clocke at audisport.com>
> Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 17:38:57 -0800
> To: PeterBergin at aol.com, 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: tie rod seperated from end
> Last I knew, the end of the tie rod end (department of
> redundancy department?) was tapered, and you're not going to
> get a good weld anywhere there.  One part is hardened, the
> other is not, and with a thin tie rod end, and trying to
> weld it to a sturdy piece of round stock, I wouldn't trust
> the weld at all.  You would be stressing the weld in the
> wrong direction for strength.  I wouldn't push it.  If you
> do go ahead and weld it, driving 20 miles isn't going to
> hurt anything if it's not aligned properly.  Wear your front
> tires a bit?  sure, but that's about it.  I think you said
> the tie rod was rusted too, so there were no threads.  You
> can't "fill" a gap with a weld.  I do a considerable amount
> of welding, if it matters, and this is one i'd steer clear
> of (I couldn't resist that one!!!!)
> Chris Locke
> '91 2C20VTQ
> '86 4KCSTQ
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