205 Gti Ball Joint ??????
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    Default 205 Gti Ball Joint ??????

    What are the symptoms of worn ball joints? im familiar with the cornering clunk they make when on the way out.
    but was wondering if there are any other symptoms.
    the reason i ask is im trying to find out if the play in the steering i have[only slight] could be attributed to the balljoints.
    everything else has been recoed/replaced with respect to the front suspension and steering except the balljoints.
    i have noticed once or twice a similar sound to worn ball joints when cornering but im not real sure if its the balljonts or not.
    its not happening with enough regularity to pin it down.
    any thoughts????-BAZZ

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    Jack a corner up and give the wheel a wiggle, it shouldn't comply. If it does, bingo!

    If you're experiencing the clunking over bumps and steering play, it's probably that. The steering might be stiffer too, but you may not have noticed if the problem has persisted for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubits
    Jack a corner up and give the wheel a wiggle ...
    this is how i discovered that the steering rack to tie-rod was stuffed(not the bearings at least).
    Puggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 205puggypower
    this is how i discovered that the steering rack to tie-rod was stuffed(not the bearings at least).
    Puggy.
    You mean the ball & socket joint on the tie rod that screws into the end of the rack..? I recently replaced that on mine as it had a fair bit of wear. Have to buy the whole tie rod. The plactic bush in the end of the rack can be worn & lets the shaft flog up & down too. -Will
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAUTY205
    You mean the ball & socket joint on the tie rod that screws into the end of the rack..? I recently replaced that on mine as it had a fair bit of wear. Have to buy the whole tie rod. The plactic bush in the end of the rack can be worn & lets the shaft flog up & down too. -Will
    yes, i replaced the whole rack tho + new tie-rod ends. I'll have a closer inspection of the one that came out.
    Puggy.

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