How To: Steering tie rod change
Thought I'd post this up as they seem a bit of a common failure.
First, figure out which one has failed by listening for the knock. Verify it by jacking up that side and grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock - push and pull, feeling for movement. It is possible that both could have failed though, so you could end up changing two.
Also feel for any movement in the track rod end - the part which attaches to the hub. If there is any play, this will need to be changed too.
If you think it's loose or worn, remove the wheel for access and take off the steering rack boot. If it still has the original Alfa clips on, you need to nacker these to get them off:
By the way, the bolt ringed at the back is the one holding the steering rack down. Some muppet had left this loose on mine causing quite a knock. May be worth checking yours if your head is under there!
Make something idiot proof and someone will only go and build a better idiot...
Last edited by Pete McK; 18-08-12 at 20:23.