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    Default Steering rack AGAIN !

    When under the car afew days ago, noticed that the steering rack was wet around both gaiters with power steering fluid. Been to the dealers today to price up a pre tensioner kit and asked for a price on the rack aswell (wasn't going to buy one from them, just curious). The guy on the parts counter said if its wet around the gaiters, it just needs new tie rods and these are sold seperatly at £25 each with the VAT and service club discount.
    Has anyone had the same with the tie rods and are they easy to do ?


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    Fil it's prob not ps fluid it's probably the grease inside the gaitors that lubricate the inner tie rods

    Easy job they just unscrew and screw new one one , whole
    Your at it change track rod ends as well as you have to take them
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    Phil. I saw a tool on ebay that is usefull when taking off the inner tie rod, might be worth getting one of those.

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    Ed, is that a tool which goes over the whole length of the steering rod right to the inner joint?
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    A sort of circular looking thing, not unlike some "pipe cutters" I have seen. You put the tool over the tie rod there is a knurled wheel that when you turn the tool it digs in and allows you to hold it still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    Ed, is that a tool which goes over the whole length of the steering rod right to the inner joint?
    dean can see that working as the ball at the end of the inner tie rod is usually larger than the nut you have to undo

    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    A sort of circular looking thing, not unlike some "pipe cutters" I have seen. You put the tool over the tie rod there is a knurled wheel that when you turn the tool it digs in and allows you to hold it still.
    and ed you can twist the tie rod as much as you like but when the ball joint is worn the ball will just turn in its housingand wont undo it

    best way is a correct size spanner on the nut at the end of the steering rack , i believe its 36mm

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    Mark I see where you are coming from. But here is a link to the tool I had in mind. Dean (plasma)have a look here.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Multi-Purp...item415f215c1b

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    i can see it fits quite large sizes and a good range of sizes ed so probably goes straight over the nut on the tie rod

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    Fil it's prob not ps fluid it's probably the grease inside the gaitors that lubricate the inner tie rods
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    It's wet rather than greasy Mark.

    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Phil. I saw a tool on ebay that is usefull when taking off the inner tie rod, might be worth getting one of those.
    You could make something like that Ed !


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