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MG MGF Technical - Inner Track Rod

I have an MG TF Spark 135 on an 05 plate. It has recently gone through it's MOT with an advisory stating there is slight play at the steering wheel due to a worn inner track rod. On speaking to the garage the mechanic said it wasn't the track rod end but the part next to it which was showing some wear resulting in slight play at the steering wheel.
Can anyone tell me is this a seperate part that can be purchased. On looking at a schematic for the steering rack on Rimmer Bros site it shows the steering rack as one item with track rod ends.
Can anyone help clarify the situation?


I think only you said it was the track rod end because the advisory states exactly what your garage mechanic confirms the problem is NOT the track rod end but is the inner joint against the steering rack. Not sure from memory but I think these were shimmed, your mechanic ought to be able to pull back the gaitor and confirm it one way or the other?
Robert (Bob) Midget Turbo

The ball joint on the steering rack/tie rod is removeable and can be repaired.
Mine was worn last year and a friendly place repaired the joint, very quick, helpful on the phone and very reasonable.

Lubed up the rack and good as new.
Jerry Herbert

Having spoken with the mechanic again he states the joint under one of the rubber gaiters on the steering rack is worn. Does anyone know if this joint can be replaced or is it a case of replacing the steering rack.

This thread was discussed between 06/07/2012 and 21/07/2012

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