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156 steering rack tie rod replacement

Hi Alfa Fans/Experts,
I've just got my '98 156 2.0 TS through the MOT (failed on emmissions - new CAT - and front brake flexes - 2 afternoon's work earlier this week in the mild if damp weather) but got advisory on steering play (I knew there was an issue and was actually expecting a fail) and ARB bushes (sideways movement - not 'up and down'). Anyway the mechanic had a good look on the re-test and said both inner tie rods are shot and were very marginal.

So here's my dilemma - I've just got back into car maint in last couple of years (needs must and time available) so how easy a job are the tie rods? I can buy all the bits from Shop4parts for about 70 - inc Track rod ends to be on the safe side.

The other option is to get a good used rack fitted and have the ARB bushes done at the same time, but the ARB bushes don't seem to be a problem now (there was a pronounced knock/bang from drivers floor just after I had the wishbones done but it's gone away now a local (well respected) tyre place diagnosed the ARB bushes as that's all they could see with play and it looked like if it moved all the way across it would hit the lower TCA under compression. I think labour for rack and bushes is going to be around 4 hours (180 + VAT at my nearest specialist), and the going rate for a decent used rack seems to be about 40.

Final thought - Does anyone know a way of changing ARB bushes easily (without dropping subframe)? Or do any of the traders/soecialist breakers on here have any tricks to offer - assuming not too far from Notts!

I'm trying to keep the spend down but don't want to be having work done twice. Any advice greatfully received.

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I would be very wary about buying a second hand steering rack. We see so many cars in our workshop with worn joints (like the one I imagine on your car).
As long as the wear is in the IBJ (inner joint) that is what we would replace.
Track rod ends are worth having in case the old ones get damaged whilst being removed or upon close inspection are worn.

The sub frame will need to be dropped to carry out any anti roll bar work.

We can help with the supply of the parts you are after. We only stock TRW steering parts (the original supply). as in the past we have had a few problems with other brands.
TRW IBJ's 35.20 each, Track rod ends 19.80 each.
Anti roll bar bushes are available in Powerflex 33.78 for the 2 bushes.
We have all the above items in stock.
All the above prices include vat and next day carriage.
If you would like to telephone me on 01603 426277 I would be more than happy to have a chat about the above work or parts.



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Hi Philip
Thanks for the advice and the prices - Unfortunately Norwich is a bit far to have the work done :-(
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