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The track rods and track rod ends are easy to check for wear.
Jack up one front wheel untill it is clear of the ground. With your hands at 3 & 9 o clock positions on the wheel rock it feeling for wear & listening for knocks. Repeat with hands at 12 & 6 o clock. If there is a knock at both positions the wheel bearing is worn. If there is a knock at 3/6 o clock only the tie rods &/or track rod ends are worn.
The determine which parts are worn remove the wheel. Undo the track rod end. You can now feel the joints for ease of movement. Any that move easily are worn. A new joint is very difficult to move by hand. A badly worn one can be waggled quite easily holding it between thumb and finger. If you need to grasp it firmly to move it, it is probably OK. If you decide they are oK, it is worth removing the ball joint boots and adding a bit of fresh grease. Often failed ones have dried out grease or have water in them, fresh grease can add a few years life to them
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2001 Renault Laguna II Authentic 1.6 16v
Last edited by Ian_gary_price; 31st December 2008 at 01:12 PM.