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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) Using thread locker on inner tie rod for 97EVC


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Last Post: Mar 1, 2012 9:47 AM Last Post By: vw-eurovan
vw-eurovan

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Using thread locker on inner tie rod for 97EVC
Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:01 PM
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I had a bad experience with a local shop that did my alignment after I installed my new wheels and levelling kit on my camper. The shop replaced the inner and outer tie rods and aligned it for me. I drove my vehicle all the way home and parked it. A few days later I backed it out of the driveway and the drivers side tie rod popped out of the steering box resulting in both wheels turning opposite directions. I am very thankful it didn't happen while I was driving.

When I had the van looked at by the shop, I insisted that I see the tie rods before they started fixing it. We found that they did not tighten the inner tie rod on the drivers side. It was only inserted two or three threads and it had popped out stripping the threads on the tie rod. I insisted that they replace the entire steering box out of fear that the socket threads were damaged too, but they would not. They did however replace the tie rod and boot on that side.

They told me that they used thread locker on the inner tie rod but the Bentley states not to use thread locker on these threads. Can anyone help me understand if this creates a new problem for me. Why would the manual state not to use thread locker?

Thanks,
Steve.
RickW

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Re: Using thread locker on inner tie rod for 97EVC
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 9:13 AM   in response to: vw-eurovan in response to: vw-eurovan
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Hello, Steve

The Eurovan manual (printed and electronic editions) are the complete repair information as made available by VWoA. As such, we have no additional information on WHY the factory specified not to use threadlocker. We only know that this is what the factory specified.

Rick W,
Bentley Publishers
vw-eurovan

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Re: Using thread locker on inner tie rod for 97EVC
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 9:46 AM   in response to: RickW in response to: RickW
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Thanks for the reply Rick. I understand and I appreciate the ability to get feedback from you guys.

Edited by: vw-eurovan on Mar 1, 2012 9:46 AM

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