[s-cars] Tie rod end removal

Fred Munro munrof at sympatico.ca
Sat Nov 1 12:52:49 PDT 2008


It's been a while since I replaced tie rod ends, but from what I recall
there is a conical sleeve that the nut forces against the tie rod end to
compress it and lock it to the tie rod . Just loosening the nut leaves the
sleeve in place and the tie rod end locked - you have to knock the conical
sleeve back with a punch to release the rod end.

As I said, it's been a while, but I hope this helps.

Fred Munro
'97 S6

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com]On Behalf Of Paul Heneghan
Sent: November 1, 2008 2:52 PM
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Subject: [s-cars] Tie rod end removal


I'm trying to replace both front tie rod ends on my wife's 1995 S6.  I've
started with the right-hand side and I'm having problems separating the tie
rod end from the tie rod. The 22mm locknut and the clamping ring were very
easy to loosen.  But, now I can't get the tie rod end off.  I've tried
penetrating fluid, I've tried a plumber's blow torch, I've tried rotating it
clockwise, I've tried rotating it anticlockwise, but it won't budge.

Should I remove the whole tie rod so I can get better access to it and use
bigger wrenches?

Any BTDTs?

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