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Track rod end - renewal
Suspension and steering systems / Track rod end - renewal

1 Apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the vehicle and support it on axle stands.

Remove the appropriate front roadwheel.

2 Using a suitable spanner, slacken the locknut on the track rod by a quarter-turn.

Hold the track rod end stationary with another spanner engaged with the special flats while loosening the locknut.

3 Extract the split pin, then unscrew and remove the track rod end balljoint retaining nut.

4 To release the tapered shank of the balljoint from the steering knuckle arm, use a balljoint separator tool (if the balljoint is to be re-used, take care not to damage the dust cover when using the separator tool) (see illustration).

35.4 Using a balljoint separator tool to release the track rod end balljoint
35.4 Using a balljoint separator tool to release the track rod end balljoint

5 Count the number of exposed threads visible on the inner section of the track rod, and record this figure.

6 Unscrew the track rod end from the track rod, counting the number of turns necessary to remove it. If necessary, hold the track rod stationary with grips.

7 Screw the track rod end onto the track rod by the number of turns noted during removal, until it just contacts the locknut.

8 Engage the shank of the balljoint with the steering knuckle arm, and refit the nut.

Tighten the nut to the specified torque. If the balljoint shank turns while the nut is being tightened, press down on the balljoint. The tapered fit of the shank will lock it, and prevent rotation as the nut is tightened.

9 Check that the split pin holes in the nut and balljoint shank are aligned. If necessary turn the nut to the nearest alignment, making sure that the torque wrench setting is still within the specified range. Insert a new split pin, and bend it back to secure.

10 Now tighten the locknut, while holding the track rod end as before.

11 Refit the roadwheel, and lower the vehicle to the ground.

12 Finally check, and if necessary adjust, the front wheel alignment as described in Section 29.

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