Track rod ends

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My Ford Fiesta is four years’ old and has 23,000 miles. I have just had an MOT ad­vi­sory about slight play in the off­side track rod end balljoint. In your ex­pe­ri­ence, would you think it best to change both sides?

Also, I will be us­ing gen­uine Ford parts. If I make sure the re­place­ment is fit­ted in the same po­si­tion – ie, if I fit the lock nut and wind it the same amount of threads, etc – do I need to have the track­ing checked? Roy Mid­dle­ton For the wear to be only an ad­vi­sory, I would ex­pect it to be min­i­mal at the mo­ment, al­though the play will in­crease in time. As the ve­hi­cle is only four years old and with low mileage, this is quite early for the track rod ends to wear.

In the­ory, re­mov­ing one track rod end and re­plac­ing it with an­other which is wound up to the same point should not al­ter the track­ing. In prac­tice, I have found this is not al­ways the case and would ad­vise you to check the track­ing af­ter re­plac­ing the part.

It is nor­mally the near­side track rod end which wears first, as it takes the oc­ca­sional tap against the kerb, etc. Be­cause the cost of hav­ing the track­ing checked will be greater than the cost of a new track rod end, I would say re­place both as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure be­fore hav­ing the track­ing checked.

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