The submerged arc welding process is commonly used due to its easy applicability, high current density and its ability to deposit a large amount of weld metal using more than one wire at the same time, especially in restoration of worn parts, which is of great importance to manufacturers. In this study, worn parts were welded using the submerged arc welding process. Various wires and fluxes were used for this purpose. These welded parts were subjected to wear tests under different loads, and changes in the hardness and microstructures were examined. A pin-on-disk wear test apparatus was used. The results showed that the hardest weld metal showed the highest wear resistance, while the least hard weld metal showed the least wear resistance. The weld hardness and wear resistance obtained were found to be dependent on the chemical composition of the weld wire and flux. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.