Help! Tie rods....
benswann at comcast.net
Tue Feb 18 13:46:41 EST 2003
Tie-Rod ends - PITA!
What has worked for me: Clean hole throuroughly with wire-brush -->
shaft and hole with alcohol/carb-cleaner to get off grease. Then apply
red locktite to the shaft(blue will do, but red locks tighter). Insert
ball-joint into hole and clamp with vice-grips, C-clamp - this is
tricky, but you'll find something to hold them together tightly. Let
set for 15 minutes or so.
The lock-tite will setup, allowing you to turn the nut down. If you
can leave the clamp on, but not always possible, but lock-tite should
hold. I have had several successes with this techique and it has never
failed. This is not usually necessary with new tie-rods, but almost
always when re-using them, if you could get it out without a pickle-
fork when MAPP torch works not.
DIYer for Quattro's and things mechanical/electrical and......
[I need some help. This weekend I swapped out my springs on the front
end. I entirely removed the struts and everything went relatively well.
Today I started reassembling everything, but ran into a problem. When I
attach the tie rods to the strut and try to tighten it, the ball joint
just turns, so I can't tighten it at all. I am using new nuts. Nothing
about this is mentioned in the Bentley, nor sjmautotechnik, Chris
Millers, or ur-s4. When I removed the tie rod ends, I used a puller and
had to put a fair amount of pressure on it to get it out of the strut,
but it sure didn't seem like I broke anything. Help, any ideas?
91 200tqa 165k his
95.5 S6 103k hers]
More information about the 200q20v