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Steering rack play

PAULF Nov 2, 2011

  1. PAULF

    PAULF Active Member VCDS Map User

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    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?
     
  2. ccm1

    ccm1 Member

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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.
     
  3. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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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.
     
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    PAULF Active Member VCDS Map User

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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.
     

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