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Help Track rod ends - how do I test?

Am just about to embark on a complete refurbishment of shocks, lower and upper arms but wanted to know how to check whether the track rod ends need replacing?

Or should I just change them anyway due to age 156 2.0 SP 2001 130,000KM?

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Re: Track rod ends - how do I test?

Change anyway, sure to be gone by now, they are only a couple of quid.
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Re: Track rod ends - how do I test?

Don't forget this will mess up the tracking, so you will need an alignment check.

Not easy to test balljoints, but the general way is leverage ... a strong screwdriver or bar wedged between the two arms that the balljoint connects to might show up some play. Obviously if the balljoint covers are split or perishing then they will need to be changed.

Gone are the days when you got out the trusty grease gun and when around replenishing the grease. Now "sealed-for-life" ... which have their limits!
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Re: Track rod ends - how do I test?

Even if only changing the wishbones you'd be best off having an alignment check after.

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