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    Main Dealer service @ 57K: 'Very slight play inner tie-rods'.

    MOT @ 67K: Advisory 'Play in steering rack inner tie-rods'.

    Asked a local garage, with a good reputation, to check inner tie-rods while they were doing another job and advise whether the rods need replacing or not. Answer: Yes. (Mileage now 73K).

    Bought Tie-rods and tie-rods ends, although I knew the ends were unworn, from Vx with Trade Club card. Got Dealer to change parts and re-track. Asked for old parts so I could see how bad the wear was. With inner end of rods held in a vice, no matter how hard I pushed and pulled in and out or up and down, as far as could feel and see, there was virtually no wear at all.

    Am I missing something or are garages just looking for work? That's £280 I've thrown away so next time I get an MOT advisory I'll ignore it until it fails completely.
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    Maybe you would have noticed the amount of 'play' in the parts had you actually tried to move them on the car..ie by gripping the wheel at 9 and 3 and trying to wobble thwe wheel..more leverage through size of wheel

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    You won't feel it like that as when checking on the car you will have a 20 inch lever in your hand called the wheel and tyre. Id say it's a fair repair as reported twice before by two different people. I'm at 75k and both mine have slight play in them so I'll change them before I fit 19s and have a full wheel alignment.

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    It seems that I did the right thing in changing them after all; at least I can be sure that they won't be picked up on the next MOT.

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    I always use a philosophy of only replace when a component fails mot or breaks.

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    Dangerous philosophy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wafoo View Post
    It seems that I did the right thing in changing them after all; at least I can be sure that they won't be picked up on the next MOT.
    and could have saved yourself a set of tyres

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    A further thought; if a ball-joint is worn, wouldn't the wear would be felt whatever force was applied when testing the joint? Even the lightest of hand pressure would result in movement of the joint if there is play between the ball and its cup, wouldn't it?

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    Often worn ball joints can only be felt when serious pressure is applied.

    I had an advisory on worn inner tie rods at the last MOT, but couldn't find the problem myself. Took the car back to the garage and their mechanic shook the tyre whilst I put my hand around the joint. Sure enough it was knackered.

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