I just had the compulsary technical test (MOT) and on the way to the test some problems arose with the front suspension. The steering became quite vague in the center position and the car kind of wandering a bit. When driving over a rough service there was a clangy sound. At the test the car failed due to ‘excessive play in the rack’ and ‘worn rack bushes’. So I removed the steering rack from the car today, something that went suprisingly smooth and easy. Looking at the rack on the workbench, everything is in great condition: no power fluid leaks, and the rack gear looks pristine. I tightened the rack pad according to the workshop manual (tighten the adjustment nut until firm resistance is met, than untighten one flat). I dont think that was the cause of the noise. Removing the rubber gaitor at the left side, I looked at the inner tie rod. I do not see any scoring or damage on the ball, but it is quite loose. On the right hand side, when I move the inner tie rod, there is a small clicking sound. So I have three questions:
- How do I know if the inner tie rods need to be replaced?
- Can they be adjusted if they have ‘play’?
- Where to get new ones?; they seem to be rare as hens teeth
The rack is a POW-A-RAK, HBO2641, the car is a xj6 4.2 manual 1969.
On another note, my car is an unrestored, original, but in very good condition, car, and if somebody is restoring an early xj6, I will happy post pictures on request for the purpose of illustrating how things are suppose to look from an orginality point of view.