o/s track rod has slight play

diyspanner

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2011 TDI (cfwa engine)

Its the tie rod to rack joint rather than the track rod end.

Is it simply a matter of loosening the boot and shim adjusting a nut to remove the slack?
 

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How much play allowable before its an mot failure?

Could you quote the relevant tool please so I know what to look for.
 

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Basically no detectable play on the shaker plate. You need a standard ball joint separator equivalent to VW 3287A

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and an equivalent to the VAG 1332/6 which is an open ended 32-mm spanner for a torque wrench... or improvise if you understand.
 

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Have looked on the bilsteingroup website and found the track rod. Its looks as though its a knuckle adjustment so presumably there's a lock nut?

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Thanks Crasher

So clean any oil of the threads, apply thread lock then nip to remove any play and job done?

What grade is the rack oil?
 

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It should be torqued, I can’t remember the spec but that requires a special torque wrench so I made my own version by welding a 1/2” drive socket to a cut down 32mm spanner and back the torque spec off a bit due to the increased lever arm effect.
 

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Just a thought!

Instead of being torqued, perhaps use a spring weight scale to measure the pull needed to move the other side and adjust the loose one to the same pull force? ........ that's how a torque wrench is adjusted afterall!
 
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