VW POLO CONTROL ARM & TIE-RODSA couple of weeks ago to my surprise, I discovered that my car's front tyres were running smooth on the inside. It was that bad that I needed to replace them but somehow I never noticed until from a distance, I saw something white stuck to the right side front tyres. I was thinking it may be a sticky sweet wrapper that got stuck to the thread, so I went to remove it. That’s when I saw it was a patch of shining wire protruding through the rubber. I was dismayed. The outer edge up to the middle of the tyre had perfect thread, at least 4mm or more but the inside was bald as an egg.
|My VW Polo getting the full treatment.|
|Thats where the control arm rubbers sits,|
There was no way I was going to fit brand new tyres and allow the same to happen to them. I suspected that the alignment went awry so I drove my car in that condition to determine whether I was right or wrong. I released the steering on a straight road a few times and every time the car veered to the left, towards the pavement. Convinced that it was alignment, I fitted my spare wheel and took my VW Polo Highline for wheel alignment to get it sorted before replacing the tyres.
|New VW control arm rubbers / cleaned-up VW control arms|
|Busted rubber boots on both and left tie-rod ends, due for replacement.|
After waiting for more than an hour at the wheel alignment centre, it was eventually my turn to get service. My car was hoisted about hip high on the lift. The technicians then jacked-up the front wheels placed metal pad of sorts under each of the front wheels which was part of the wheel alignment sensor equipment that they later fitted to all four wheels. They then centred the steering wheel, locked it in place with a mechanical device and fired up the diagnostic computer/programme to check my car's wheel alignment. A good 15 minutes later they discovered that their version of the diagnostic software did not have the settings for a VW Polo 2.0 litre Highline. In fact there wasn't even a 2.0 litre Polo category listed.
|Front and back view of new tie-rod ends.|
|There is absolutely no difference between the original ans pirate part other than the VW logo|
|Left image shows left Control arm Rubber, Right image shows right side.|
|Left and Right Control Arm Rubbers|