Whilst fitting my cruise control last week I noticed a clonk coming from my steering, it was only discovered when I had to turn my steering from side to side with engine off to get at the airbag securing screws......
The more I look at it the more I'm convinced it's the drivers side inner track/tie rod and that the ball-joint is worn.
If both wheels are on ground then the clonk is there when you slightly rock the steeering wheel from left to right.
If drivers side is jacked up (n/s wheel on ground) there is no clonk.
There is no play in either n/s or o/s outer track rod ends.
Having done a lot of internet searching I keep finding conflicting info as to what tools I need to do the job?
Some say a big adjustable wrench with jaws >38mm is all thats needed.
Others say big mole grips?
Others specify a large crows-foot wrench?
I've seen several inner tie rod removal tools(like this Laser 3829 Inner Tie Rod Tool - Multi Purpose: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike) but these cost circa £40 and seem a bit extravagant for something I doubt if I'll ever use again.
Having said that, I'd still have to buy a big adjustable wrench/molegrips as none of my current ones are big enough!
Has anyone here ever done this on an A4 themselves?
Its fine reading about the job on a Golf/Jetta/New Beetle etc but on the A4 space looks very tight to get a wrench in there, even on full lock , and if I'm going to have to spend serious money on tools that won't get used again I might just bite the bullet and get a garage to do the job for not much more money.....
Any advice welcomed.