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    hi guys,

    had mot in june and advisory notice was 2 steering rods had play in them.

    now im in no way mechanically minded, so can someone tell me what these do, can i replace them easily and what prices should i expect to pay to do myself or a garage to do?

    thanks in advance
    chris

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    im sure i have the same problem on the passengers side so it will be intresting to see what the responses are.

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    The steering rods are also known as trackrods, they screw into the steering rack itself, what is likely worn is the trackrod end balljoints. These are simple to replace and are fairly cheap.

    1 Nut holds each ball joint in place, and you have to slacken the nut that locks it onto the track rod, so it can be unscrewed from the trackrod. You willl probably need a splitter tool (dirt cheap) to prise the ball joint out of its taper joint.
    Nice simple job to do yourself. However you will need to have the steering tracked up afterwards.

    Not a very expensive job at the dealers either if you dont wish to do it yourself, but ensure they track it up properly afterwards so that your steering wheel is centred properly.

    Between a tenna and £15 seems to be the going rate each for them.
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    With steering being a safety related item (and how...lol), I would say if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing, get someone to do it for you. Like me , if you fancy a run down to Northumberland
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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    With steering being a safety related item (and how...lol), I would say if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing, get someone to do it for you. Like me , if you fancy a run down to Northumberland

    i'll keep that in mind mate lol.

    thanks for replies guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    With steering being a safety related item (and how...lol), I would say if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing, get someone to do it for you. Like me , if you fancy a run down to Northumberland

    Gary may well be right, as you dont even know what it is, and this is very basic simple stuff guys, but if it fails for whatever reason, your wheels WILL GO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS... resulting in disaster.

    AIS it is quite a cheap job to get both sides done at a vx dealer or independant garage. I would have thought approx £100 including cost for tracking... but purely a guess. get someone to give you a quote. I'm sure however that Gary can give a better idea of the likely price than I.
    A dealer will also be able to apply the correct torque settings when tightening down nuts which is important especially on steering components.

    I've replaced several of them or more over the years, but its been quite a while ago, so AIS price is just a educated guess.
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    just done mine mate dont take long to do at all and really easy i had never done them before my self so was not looking forward to it was suprised how easy it was

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    Can I reiterate endorse Things like brakes and steering. They need to be right. They are things that if you are no.t sure, best advice is Don,t touch them yourself. Get amechanic to do the job for you. The extra cost may be well worth it in the end.

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    It's also quite common for the inner track rod end joint to wear and suspect this may well be the case here .
    Cheers Pete

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    What I suspect is worn, is the tie rod inner ball joints. Nearly every Vectra I MOT has at least an advisory on at least one of them. Common fault on a lot of cars nowadays because of the use of nylon bushes. The rods themselves are approx £20 to £25 each from the dealer, however you can get pattern ones for about a tenner each. Replacement involves, removing the track rod end ball joint from the steering arm on the hub, actually unscrewing the track rod end ball joint from the tie rod, removing the steering rack rubber gaiter and then unscrewing the tie rod from the steering box. Once it's all back together, you must get the tracking adjusted, otherwise your car will eat tyres. So, you see, if you aren't confident about what you're doing, then it may get a bit daunting
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