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    Steering rack play

    I went in the other day for wheel alignment, and was told I had play in the passenger side of my steering rack.
    I had a look with the guy, and there is definitely play that appears to be from the rack, and not from the bushings/bearings as I could see the rack arm moving with the wheel. The other side has no play. I've not come across a rack wears on one side only before, so:-

    Is this common, and is it the rack, or something else?
    Assuming a rack, can I repair it, or is it new rack time?
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    You need an inner tie rod, nothing terminal at all. About £30 aftermarket or £60 OEM.

    I'm very surprised the mechanic couldn't tell you that, it's not particularly un-common on any make of car.
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    Probably a tyre monkey in a fast fit outfit!

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    It probably is, I'd suggest a change of garage if that's the case, wouldn't fancy that mechanic doing my wheel alignment that's for sure.
    Head start?!?!

    Turbo lag, there's your head start!

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    Thanks, guys,
    Yes, it was a local tyre fitting shop.
    I'm surprised I've not seen it before myself - but ho hum.
    1999 A4 B5 1.9 TDi FWD Saloon, Green
    2000 A4 B5 2.5 TDi Quattro Avant, Maroon, 'Panzer' Plated (currently sporting wrecked engine)
    2000 A4 B5 2.5 TDi Quattro Saloon, Blue, 'Panzer' Plated, Cruise Control retrofitted, OEM 6 Disc Changer retrofitted

 

 

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