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Play in steering rack Q.

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by S3 finatic, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. S3 finatic
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    [Feb 20, 2011]
    I changed the bottom ball joints on my S3 today, after i was advised on my MOT 6 months ago. Afterwards i noticed there was side play in both front wheels, one was worse than the other. I checked the track rod ends and they are fine.

    Does this mean a new rack? Or can these be tightened?

    I have been told some racks have joints that can be tightened under the steering rack gaiter!

    Has anyone took a rack off and seen the inner workings to know whether it is repairable?

    Any advice, and help is appreciated.......
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    [Feb 20, 2011]
    you need new inner arm joints. they screw to the rack and replace the worn parts, you then screw the TREs to them, Job done
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    Tie rods, £22 each from Gsf.
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    Cheers. Will try that at the weekend.
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