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    Hi all, i have read on the net the the tie rods are removed by counter holding the rack to prevent damage to the rack.

    question, is the rack held at the pinion end ie where the steering column meets the rack, is it held at this end for removing both of the tie rods?

    thanks,

    oh have been quoted 108 quid for 2x tie rods and track rod ends from vauxhall, any better deals out there? what are the ebay ones like?

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    Eurocarparts list Lemforder tie rods at £26.34 each delivered.
    However at £41 a track rod end Vx look good value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iasha View Post
    Hi all, i have read on the net the the tie rods are removed by counter holding the rack to prevent damage to the rack.

    question, is the rack held at the pinion end ie where the steering column meets the rack, is it held at this end for removing both of the tie rods?

    thanks,

    oh have been quoted 108 quid for 2x tie rods and track rod ends from vauxhall, any better deals out there? what are the ebay ones like?
    You need to hold the rack whilst unscrewing the tie rod. Flats are provided on the driver’s side only for doing this (you need to remove the rubber boot). You also need a big 36mm spanner to undo the actual rods from the rack (or pipe wrenches but this doesn’t leave a lot of room).
    Do you need to replace the tie rod ends because they are also worn (not common unless you have kerbed the wheels)? If not you can replace the tie rods without actually removing the rod ends from the hub axle – just loosen the locknut and screw the tie rod out using mole grips. This saves a bit of time on the job! HTH

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    my train of thought was that if i replaced the rods i would have to prob get the tracking done and also if the rods were worn the ends would be sure to be worn in part as well??? is this the case??

    also trying to identify where exactly the wear is quite difficult so since the tracking is 25 quid would be job done and i would not have to re-visit again. Are the ends good for life on a veccy estate?

    any thoughts

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    They are always a wear and tear item, but do them now and thats it, they won't need doing again. an you see or feel any wear in them? Try Trowbridge motor spares for parts too, they are quite reasonable and usually same or next day for collection.

    (I have a 36mm you can borrow, see me at work )

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