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#1 focusfacelift52

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:11 PM

Ok

I have a mk1 52 plate focus which i noticed had wheel movement from side to side.

upon inspection have found that this is due to worn track rod end.

I have ordered the track rod end for about 15 pounds, now just need to clarify that the way I intend to change it is correct.

1.jack up bad side, place on axel stand and Remove Wheel.
2.undo the retaining bolt at base of knuckle holding the TRE to the hub.
3. Remove the knuckle from hub with splitter.
4. Mark on the track rod end where the Tre comes to on the thread.
5. Hold the track rod with a pair of small stilsons and turn the TRE off with another pair.
6. Wind new TRE on to the exact point marked in stage 4.
7. Put knuckle back in hub and insert the new bolt holding it tight to the hub.

I havent done one before but think this should be the right way to replace......please advise me if this is correct and if there is anything I should be careful of.

Thanks

James

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#2 alz

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:36 PM

Hi, Yes that is right, but you will still need to have it tracked. (doing it that way is just good enough to get it to a garage for tracking)

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:41 PM

Ok

I have a mk1 52 plate focus which i noticed had wheel movement from side to side.

upon inspection have found that this is due to worn track rod end.

I have ordered the track rod end for about 15 pounds, now just need to clarify that the way I intend to change it is correct.

1.jack up bad side, place on axel stand and Remove Wheel.
2.undo the retaining bolt at base of knuckle holding the TRE to the hub.
3. Remove the knuckle from hub with splitter.
4. Mark on the track rod end where the Tre comes to on the thread.
5. Hold the track rod with a pair of small stilsons and turn the TRE off with another pair.
6. Wind new TRE on to the exact point marked in stage 4.
7. Put knuckle back in hub and insert the new bolt holding it tight to the hub.

I havent done one before but think this should be the right way to replace......please advise me if this is correct and if there is anything I should be careful of.

Thanks

James


personally I would slacken the locknut first i.e.
1.5 slacken lock nut just a crack then gently put back where it was (not tight)
but this is only how I was showen when I was a boy lol


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