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Ball joint dust covers

Mark Five

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Hi all - I need to pick your brains!

I've just had an MOT failure on the rear track rod end dust covers - they're shot and need replacing. Does anyone know which size I'd need to order? I see there are various assorted kits available, but obviously I don't want to get the wrong ones!

Any help would be very much appreciated 🙂

Cheers, Mark

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I don't know if I'm on my own with this but I was you I would replace the ball joints complete

because if the covers are damaged that would have dust and grit into the ball joint and they

will fail after a while ????


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Thanks Frank - I see your point and will look at doing that at some point, but at the moment I'm looking for a quick fix to get it though the MOT. There's no play and according to the tester they look pretty clean. If the track rods are seized on I'll probably need heat, and then re-align, which is a bit of a faff for the amount of time I have.

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easiest fix would be to fit new ones

the inner bolts that fix to the subframe usually rust and wont come undone and sometime they need to be cut off

if you measure the length and set the new ones the same they should be ok till you get 4 wheel alignment, or they effect tracking at the rear and will wear the rear tyres out

try brittish car parts or berkshire jaguar who keep them in stock and can ship them next day



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Thanks chaps - I've taken another look and decided to heed your valuable advice and ordered a couple of tie bars from Berkshire Jags, at £70+VAT+delivery for the pair.

Hopefully the old ones will come off without too much trouble!

Cheers, Mark

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