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    Track Rods with Ends at EuroCarParts

    A pair of Starline branded rods/ends for £77 delivered

    Bizarrely the ends are more expensive than the rods

    Does that sound OK or should I keep looking?

    Also, are there flats on the rack bar to counterhold when fitting the rods?
    Paul
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    The rods have a hexagonal section on the originals, so you can use a spanner to adjust them.
    Can I ask why you're going to the expense of changing the ends, what's wrong with originals?
    Are you also going to change the track ball joints, as these are the part that wears?
    Last edited by Mr T; 28-02-2020 at 06:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr T View Post
    The rods have a hexagonal section on the originals, so you can use a spanner to adjust them.
    Can I ask why you're going to the expense of changing the ends, what's wrong with originals?
    Are you also going to change the track ball joints, as these are the part that wears?
    The ends are seized on the rods, so since I'm replacing the rods I might as well replace the ends

    Everything on the hub has been replaced within the last couple of years, so the ball joints are fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    The ends are seized on the rods, so since I'm replacing the rods I might as well replace the ends

    Everything on the hub has been replaced within the last couple of years, so the ball joints are fine
    Canít you just use a penetrating fluid and/or a bit of heat across the joint to crack it open ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reinaldo_is_spam View Post
    Can’t you just use a penetrating fluid and/or a bit of heat across the joint to crack it open ?
    Not been able to do so in situ, I could take a chance on being able to free them when off

    But I want to be able to put the car back together again straight away, and not have to go and pick up the ends if I can't

    If I find that the ends come off really easily, I can always return the new ones for a refund
    Paul
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    You will damage rack and pinion unless you counterhold rack with a special tool. You also need a special tool to crack loose trackrod inner from rack.
    Unsmart to buy new track rod ends as they never wear out. You have to disconnect track rod end from ball joint then heat track rod end to separate it from track rod inner. Reason is you cannot fit special track rod inner tool over track rod end as tool will just not fit.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen View Post
    You will damage rack and pinion unless you counterhold rack with a special tool. You also need a special tool to crack loose trackrod inner from rack.
    So no flats on the rack bar ends that take a 30something mm spanner?

    What sort of special tool madness are we talking about?

    Actually thinking about it, it's the track rod ball joints that take a 30ish spanner, the rack bars that I'm used to take a much smaller size
    Last edited by UKKid35; 28-02-2020 at 09:15 PM.
    Paul
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    Some track rod inner ball joints do have flats machined into them. Those on my 2002 Smart Cabrio have no flats hence special tool required.

    Cheapest track rod inners I could find this evening costs £10.70 each. Cheapest track rod outer was £10.50 each. Both Misterauto.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen View Post
    Cheapest track rod inners I could find this evening costs £10.70 each. Cheapest track rod outer was £10.50 each. Both Misterauto.
    Just ordered from them, you've saved me a bunch of cash - thank you

    Added some brake pads to qualify for free shipping
    Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen View Post
    Some track rod inner ball joints do have flats machined into them. Those on my 2002 Smart Cabrio have no flats hence special tool required.
    Try this if youíve no flats:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/FreeTec-Inn...70679226&psc=1
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