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Tie rod ends removal

PostPost by: tomjones20194 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:40 pm

Trying to replace the TREs on my S3. Are both sides normal thread or does one have reverse threading? So far cannot get either of them to budge. Thx
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PostPost by: vxah » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:04 pm

You mean track rod ends? If so they are both right hand thread as are the inner joints if you are trying to get them undone?
Have you got the jamb nuts undone? Usually they have the effect of stopping water ingress to the actual rod end and saving the threads from corrosion.. maybe yours haven’t?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:56 pm

After freeing the lock nut you can apply considerable torque on the track rod with a pair of stillson if required.
Much easier if TRE are still attached to link arm.
Application of easing oil might be a good idea if needed.
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PostPost by: tomjones20194 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:08 pm

I’m trying to get the Jam nuts loose. No luck so far. I’m going to try heat next.
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PostPost by: vxah » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:31 pm

Don’t go mad with heat, you might have nylon thrust pads on the inner joints!
If the nuts are corroded on you could hold a big hammer head against the back of the nut and whack the front of it with a little hammer a thousand times... break the rust a bit..
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PostPost by: tomjones20194 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:13 am

Used a little heat and got them loose. Thanks for the replies
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:38 am

That's good to hear.
Plenty of grease on reassembling should prevent the problem in the future.
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