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James@CCC
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26th Aug 05 at 18:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

... I got a bit stuck.

How exactly am i supposed to undo the bolt connectin the steering rack and the hub? Cos its a balljoint whenever i undo the bolt the nut bit just rotates inside the balljoint so im not getting anywhere

Also, when i came to take the brake disc off the screw was a little bollocked so i start playing with it trying to loosen it. Then suddenly the brake disc just comes off, the screw still tightened. I think it took part of the hub with it i got quite confused by that.

I would get pics, but its raining outside so ill get them up tomo unless u lot can help without seeing them.

Cheers boys
James@CCC
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27th Aug 05 at 17:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

OK heres some pics. Firstly heres the one last nut i need to undo connected to the balljoint steering rack




And heres how the break disc came of



you can see splines in there and stuff. Surely it could have been attached better and not just pulled off
Mistamist
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27th Aug 05 at 17:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

put some sort of clamp on the ball joint to stop it rotating. I use a G clamp.

Looks like you have pulled off the hub as well with the brake disk.
James@CCC
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27th Aug 05 at 19:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

dont have any clamp lol: ill have to fashion something up

Should the hub just pull off like that?!
Siberia
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27th Aug 05 at 20:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

cut it off with a grinder... then just buy a new trackrod end... there only 10-15 quid...
James@CCC
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27th Aug 05 at 22:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

trying to do this on a budget mate That idea would also involve me buying a grinder
Adam-D
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28th Aug 05 at 08:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

angle grinder on the steering rack ball joint cut the nut off
and fit a new one

ps ive just read the replies
a grinder can be had for 15
Richie
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28th Aug 05 at 09:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I just used a crowbar and pushed it against the gearbox and levered it onto the hub arm to keep it tight and it came free.
ainsley_brader
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28th Aug 05 at 10:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

as richie said.

And as your hub pulled straight out the bearing like that you can bet that hubs fooked too!
Red_SXi
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28th Aug 05 at 10:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I use an adjustable spanner and clamp the ball joint in the rubber area and undo the nut with a ring spanner
James@CCC
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28th Aug 05 at 12:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by ainsley_brader
as richie said.

And as your hub pulled straight out the bearing like that you can bet that hubs fooked too!


bollocks

is this definate?
ainsley_brader
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28th Aug 05 at 12:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well it should be an interference fit. Try sliding your new bearing over it. If it slides over with little forces its fuckd and wqill just spin inside the bearing!
James@CCC
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30th Aug 05 at 12:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok, i had to cut the bolt to get it off

Now im left with this


how the hell am i gonna get the ball joint out. I have a ball joint seperator but its 19mm and that joints about 14mm but when i bought it the guy told me they dont come smaller its a standard size

wishin i never started this
Siberia
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30th Aug 05 at 15:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ball joint seperator... feck that thing... just hammer the feck out of it will come out again a new baljoint(if you feck it up) is about 10 quid
Mistamist
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30th Aug 05 at 17:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

just buy a new track rod end, comes with all of that, including ball joint and new lock bolt.
James@CCC
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30th Aug 05 at 17:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

oooh, thats sounding easier Just runnin out of money im a poor student

So can i unscrew that whole assembly and buy a new one? and that would include all that stuff and come ready assembled and greased etc.

ill get the haynes out and find out how to remove it tomo, will rob need be back on here posting by 2 tho o well, im learning
Mistamist
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30th Aug 05 at 17:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yup just unscrew it. try and measure how far the nut is up the thread to get the tracking roughly right and when its all back together take it to get the tracking checked.
James@CCC
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30th Aug 05 at 18:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

legend cheers buddy
Adam-D
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30th Aug 05 at 21:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

bout 15 for a track rod end

James@CCC
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cheers mate. would it come assembled or do i still have to fanny about with grease and putting the ball joint in and the rubber thing over it?
Mistamist
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30th Aug 05 at 21:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

all assembled.
James@CCC
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30th Aug 05 at 22:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

and i just ask for a track rod end?
Siberia
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31st Aug 05 at 07:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Siberia
cut it off with a grinder... then just buy a new trackrod end... there only 10-15 quid...


er....

yes just go down to yer local motor factors "can i have a a trackrod end for a (insert year of car here) corsa please

my advise is to do both side at once
James@CCC
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31st Aug 05 at 15:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

sorry, i wondered if i have to ask for anything in particular to get it ready assembled. im still learning..:$

got it now and got the old bearing out and new one in. I just need to get the old track rod end off things impossible. soaked it in wd40, but has any one else got any more tips?

cheers
Siberia
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31st Aug 05 at 19:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

lock a vice/mole grips into the trackrod really tight and wiedge it somewere so the trackrod wont move.... then use yer spanner... think its a 19 on the trackrod end....

[Edited on 31-08-2005 by Siberia]

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