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tie rod ends w/no zirks?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by lovetoski, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. lovetoski

    lovetoski SILVER Star

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    My Passat 1.8Turbo (with 81,000 miles on it) stripped teeth from the timing belt and bent all the valves...so instead of spending 5K to fix it, we purchased a 94 cruiser with 200,000 miles. Traded the Passat, plus the 5K and we've now got 2 cruisers in the family. (The other is an 87 fj60 w/265,000 miles). With all the problems we've had with the Passat, I actually feel more confident with the 80, despite the high milage. It's in immaculate condition! You should read the posts regarding the VW/Audi 1.8T engine...

    So, my question - the tie rod ends have no grease zirks. They've been replaced obviously. They don't seem to have any play, but I don't see a way to grease them? Should I just replace them - or wait until I detect some play and them replace them?

    Thanks for the advice. Guess I'll be on the 60 AND the 80 board now...

    Doug Graham
     
  2. pismojim

    pismojim the Dude abides...

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    Sounds normal to me. I use a little needle attachment on the end of the grease gun when I think they need some grease.

    Same ends on my fj60's HySteer. ;)
     
  3. lovetoski

    lovetoski SILVER Star

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    Hi Jim,

    Thanks - I didn't think to do that. Guess I was confused because the ends I purchased for my 60 from MAF have zirks, and the ends I saw on the SOR site also had zirks, so I assumed that all tie-rod ends have zirks. But you know what they say about "assumptions"

    I'll scrounge up a needle!

    Doug Graham
     
  4. Jonathan_Ferguson

    Jonathan_Ferguson ★ is in the wrong locale SILVER Star

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    It's actually a very good thing that most Ball Joints don't have Grease Nipples.

    Want to know why? - I'll tell you why. :flipoff2:

    Less chance of Contamination :) :-*
     
  5. landtoy80

    landtoy80

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    My 60 didn't have zirks but I got the zirk ones. If I still had the 60 I would get OEM ends. I replace the 80 with OEM ends. They are 'more better' than cheap aftermarket ones.
    kurt