I've got a '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I've got two problems with it I
need to address. One is that the steering knuckles have notches worn or
correded into them on the sliders where the brake pads ride, the other
is that the bolt-hole where the track bar is secured to the frame has
My plan was to get a couple of new steering knuckles and a couple of
hardened washers and put the steering knuckles on and have the washers
welded to the frame where the bolt goes through.
I'm not interested in "how do you know it needs these repairs" advice--
I've had it apart and I've seen the notches and the oval hole.
Now, to the question.
A couple of steering knuckles go for about 230 bucks and shipping, and
for that I can get one of Harbor Freight's little #91110 80 amp 110v
inverter stick welders and an auto mask and gloves and a box of E6013
rods. So my inclination is to get the welder, do a few practice welds
on some scrap, and then have at it. I figure that the worst outcome
won't leave me any worse off than I am now--if the weld comes out of the
notches the brakes still work as well as they're working now, and if the
washers let go the wobble isn't any worse than it is now, and I'd end up
with welder that should suffice for the hobby projects I envision and
possibly the occasional muffler.
Am I being insanely stupid by going this route?
Note that I am well aware that there are much better welders available,
but right now I'm near broke and buying a pro grade Lincoln or Miller is
out of the question, as is stringing a 220v line to a detached garage
for one of the Lincoln tombstones. I'm also aware that learning welding
in the school of hard knocks by welding stuff on which my life depends
would be stupid, but in this case the risk is small since the
consequences of weld failure would be to return me to a status quo that
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