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Old 15-07-14, 21:05
TheCondor TheCondor is offline
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T4 Post Icon MOT advisories..... Rack end and trackrod ends

2001 Caravelle 2.5TDi with 290K miles -passed MOT today but with advisories -rackend (osf) has slight play and trackrod ends deterioration osf and nsf -

Can anyone advise on the approximate costs involved to replace these and is that probably best done before the next MOT?

There was a third advisory -nsf wheel bearing has slight play- which I presume should also be attended to sooner rather than later.

Just wondering what sort of costs i am looking at for the above work and if there are any recommendations for a decent indy in the Midlands who might be interested in doing this work and the cambelt as that needs changing soon - Birmingham, Derby, any reasonable Midlands base or mobile.
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Old 16-07-14, 10:18
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Default Re: MOT advisories..... Rack end and trackrod ends

However you get this work done (garage / DIY etc) make sure you get genuine VW parts. I made the mistake of using cheap pattern parts for suspension work, and now I'm having to replace most of those bits after only a couple of years - real false economy. Thankfully I'm able to DIY it, so only paying parts costs, but I've learned my lesson.

Tracking needs to be set up after having track-rod ends done. It's a pretty quick and simple job, so I think I'd just entrust the whole thing to a good independent VAG specialist to do. The wheel bearing needs a press to do properly, so again a garage job unless you're really keen. I stripped my hubs out and took them to the garage to have the bearing changed which saved a bit - but mainly did it just 'cos I like doing that sort of stuff.

Sorry but don't have any recommedations for garages in your part of the country - no doubt others will have.
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Old 16-07-14, 17:27
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Default Re: MOT advisories..... Rack end and trackrod ends

From memory I think genuine track rod ends are around 37 and as they are the easiest suspension components to change I would say that they would only take an hours labour to change both sides. Garages usually charge around 50 an hour and as you would probably need them tracking after changing I would say it would cost about 200.

Oh and if you're in (or around) Nottingham a lot of people use the Lion Garage:
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