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    Default Need to changing the steering pivot point....

    Car went for it's MOT today, passed with just two advisories, too much play in the steering pivot points both near and offside.

    Has anyone done a How 2 on how to replace these or can give any advice on their replacement? Looks simple enough, but it's always nice to follow a How 2.

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    no how-2 yet Harry..

    i take it you do mean the inner trackrod joints?..

    the kit is about £20+V a side from VX.. all you need in a box apart from tools....

    the only 'tricky' bit is getting the inner joint to start to unscrew off the rack.. there are flats on the joint to accept a spanner but stilsons ( pipe wrenches) have yet to fail on even the most stubborn one's..

    in short...undo lock nut from the trackrod end.. ( leave end in steering arm).just undo it ONE FLAT..

    cut gaiter clamps to allow the gaitor to slip free over the shaft

    using grips on the arm and undo the arm out of the trackrod end...

    measure ACCURATELY the distance from the end of the trackrod to the underside of the nut..make a note of this dimension..

    remove the locknut off the shaft

    slip the gaitor down the shaft ( this reveals the inner threaded joint)

    use either the appropriate spanner or stilsons and undo the inner joint off the end of the rack.

    screw in new rack end and do up VERY tight..

    before slipping the boot on, grease the inner balljoint, slip boot on but do not crimp the clamps yet..

    re-thread on the locknut to the original dimension

    rescrew the shaft into the trackrod end leaving it one flat short of the locknut..and lock the shaft up with that nut..

    crimp the boot into place with the supplied clamps

    change sides..

    when finished , get the alignment checked and aligned......you will never get it spot on, but doing it like this will mean that you won't be too far out..

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    hi mark, thanks for that

    with the car jacked up, pushing and pulling at 3 oclock and 9 oclock positions allows a little bit of play, that's the part they've advised should be changed. if that's the inner track rod end then that's what needs changing.

    gonna do these at the same time as the anti roll bar bushes as these have been knocking for ages now.

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    yep, if the rack 'knocks' but at the inner joint and not at the outer trackrod end, then it's as above...to be fair..it's normally the inner joint that wears.. the nylon cup in the balljoint wears out...

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    can anyone source the part number for the inner track rod joint kit, the dealership is coming up with two potential parts, and i'm not sure which needs to be ordered. worse case scenario i can order both and take back the parts i don't need.

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    The dealers don't know what part to order? Surely not...

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    they can work it out from the Vin....

    but, unless you have anything different to me, which i don't think you do...you'll need 93191672

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    cheers Mark.

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    Going to attempt this later, the kit came with two black rubber bands, any idea where they go?

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    Sorted, they go onto the steering rack where the gaitor sits, not sure what the sachets of grease were for as the balljoint was already greased, maybe for greasing the bands to allow the gaitor to go on easily?

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