[s-cars] Help freeing frozen tie rod adjusters

motogo1 motogo1 at cox.net
Tue Nov 18 17:08:40 EST 2003

On my 200, I popped out the tie rod end, then used a good sized pipe wrench,
with sharp teeth, to take the end piece off, then the adjuster rod piece. It
may cut into the adjuster nut face a bit. Once apart, I coated everything
with anti-seize and put it back together. Could almost adjust it by hand
after that.

Gary Martin
94 UrS4
91 200 TQA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc Swanson" <mswanson at mswanson.com>
To: "Larry C. Leung" <l.leung at juno.com>
Cc: <quattro at audifans.com>; <s-car-list at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: [s-cars] Help freeing frozen tie rod adjusters

> > It seems the archives are down, so I can't access them to determine
> > how to free frozen suspension adjusters. Any lister's with copies of
> > lister experience on freeing frozen tie rod adjusters, or anyone willing
> > to offer your own advise on freeing them?
> >
> > Patient is an '89 200Q, currently pigeon toed.
> Well, on my cars I've had decent success with a good penetrating oil
> soak followed by a blast with a mapp gas torch (acetylene is even
> better).  Just be careful not to let too much heat get to the tie rod
> ends.  If you think you are getting close to hurting the boots, spray a
> little water near the ends and keep going with the heat in the middle at
> the adjusting nut.  So far this has worked every time for me.
> To prevent this from happening in the future, I coat the threads of the
> tie rods with a heavy weight grease, then use a small ~6" section of
> bicycle inner tube cut down the middle to cover the area (with the slit
> end down) and secure it in place using zip ties on the ends.  This seems
> to keep the threaded section from rusting up/becoming clogged with grit.
> --
> -Marc
> 87' 4ktq
> 88' 90q
> www.mswanson.com/audi
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