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    Default Steering knock sorted!!

    Hi, I've just finished fitting new track rods to my car, initially i took the car to a local garage who told me i needed a steering rack but that they didn't do them, i was then directed to another place and quoted £275 fitted for an exchange unit. The second garage couldn't help as they didn't have that one in stock. I spoke to a mate who is the mechanic for a firm who have vectra's as company cars who told me he had seen this problem many times and he thought it was the track rods. It turns out the Track rod inners are the culprits and wear out, i'm not sure if they are poor quality or just a bad design.
    I got all the bits from the local Vaux garage,
    2 x Track rod ends £39.43
    2 x Track inner rod ends £48.54
    Laser wheel alignment £25
    Total £112.97.
    Now my car is back to the way it should be, handling well with no annoying knocking noises. It also seems that a lot of mechanics are unaware that the inner track rods can be replaced and immediately say the rack is gone.
    I did all the work bar the tracking my self and i'm no mechanic, i reckon an experienced mechanic could do the whole job in about an hour.

    Jim.

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    Well done saved you a few quid as well.

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    Well done! - and typical of a dealer just to assume that the rack has gone and give you an estimate for £££££

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    When mine went into the DEALERS for the MOT last year, it failed on the inner track rods joints.
    I was suprised that they din't try to sell me a complete steering rack...

    Just shows, not all dealers are bad

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    Good result & most satisfying s to you m8 .........................

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    Great result m8.........

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