Thread repair

Discussion in 'Suspension and Brakes' started by Point_Oh, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Point_Oh

    Point_Oh New Member

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    **Search doesn't seem to be working. Sorry if this has been asked/answered**

    What size die do I need to repair the threads on the outer tie rod on my 94 GT?
     
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    What happened?
     
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    I was hitting the spindle to free the tie rod, missed and nicked the threads. Now the castle nut wont start threading back on.
     
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    A thread file will be a better bet. Or even just filing away the damaged thread
     
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    I've never heard of a thread file. I'll have to look into that.
     
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    whiplash473 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I'm assuming you don't have any and you're looking to buy one?

    If so, just get a few nuts from the hardware store and see which one it is before buying a die. Cheap way of going about it. What you can also do is measure it if you have a scale or even a tape measure would probably do it (micrometer being your best bet to be able to tell if it's metric or not). If you do, just get a measurement and post back, I'll be able to tell you what the thread pitch is.

    EDIT: Looked through Google images and I'd say more like 5/8-11 unless it's metric.
     
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    Thanks Whip, I just ordered this from Sears. Should do the trick.
     
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    Never seen one of those. Post back how it works. Hopefully it opens up far enough, it says it's a 1/2" max.
     
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    Aren't the tie rods only like $15??
     
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    Yes, but this front end has been an onion of issues (rusted/broken hardware, broken ball joints that are seized to the control arms, control arms that crack when pressing said seized ball joints out, etc.); so I’d like to repair the threads instead of replacing the end and getting to the next layer.