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2007 997TT Outer tie rod end replacement

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I only have 46K on my TT which I built and ordered on line and waited for them to build and ship to me. Recently was told both outer tie rod ends must be replaced. I ordered and received the replacements but I cannot, for the life of me, get the old tie rods off. I have no problem splitting the joint but I cannot get them to spin off the tie rod. Does the factory use some sort of thread lock? Also, is it normal to require tie rod replacement with so few miles? I paid $130,000 for this car brand new in 2007 and have been treating it better than my wife! I have also gone through 4 sets of tires. I have been trying different makes of tires to find one with a long lasting compound AND good grip...Any suggestions? I would rather not let the local mechanic under my car as I believe he is into job security mechanics...if you get my meaning. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

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I only have 46K on my TT which I built and ordered on line and waited for them to build and ship to me. Recently was told both outer tie rod ends must be replaced. I ordered and received the replacements but I cannot, for the life of me, get the old tie rods off. I have no problem splitting the joint but I cannot get them to spin off the tie rod. Does the factory use some sort of thread lock? Also, is it normal to require tie rod replacement with so few miles? I paid $130,000 for this car brand new in 2007 and have been treating it better than my wife! I have also gone through 4 sets of tires. I have been trying different makes of tires to find one with a long lasting compound AND good grip...Any suggestions? I would rather not let the local mechanic under my car as I believe he is into job security mechanics...if you get my meaning. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Often, the tie rod end's treaded section is subject to corrosion build up from water and particularly road salt, which can make them a pain to get off. Try backing off the lock nut and giving the end a liberal dose of a good penetrating oil, then let them sit for a bit before trying to unscrew them. If that does not work, next step is to apply some heat to try to force the end to expand and break loose. When you do get them off, apply a liberal coating of anti seize compound to the threaded rod section before installing the new units, that will make the next time a breeze.

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