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[Mgs] MGA Inner Tie Rod Adjustment

Subject: [Mgs] MGA Inner Tie Rod Adjustment
From: barneymg at (Barney Gaylord)
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 11:56:23 -0500
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Not so on the MGA.  The MGA has no preload spring.  It has shims to 
adjust minimal clearance.  If you manage to adjust it to have a bit 
of drag initially, it will wear in and become loose in short order 
anyway.  So being loose is normal for MGA.

If it is loose enough to wiggle endways you can (maybe) disassemble 
the acorn nut and remove a thin shim to reduce internal 
clearance.  Beware that this joint is often very difficult to 
unscrew, and the shims are usually aluminum. This may be why it is so 
difficult to open, due to galvanic corrosion of dissimilar 
metals.  If you apply heat it will most likely destroy the aluminum 
shims.  See here:

Barney Gaylord
1958 MGA with an attitude

At 08:43 AM 5/11/2012 +0100, PaulHunt73 wrote:
>There should be a resistance for the MGB at least, to ensure no free 
>play - 32 to 52 pound *inches* on the rod to produce 
>articulation.  The ball housing is adjusted to produce this, the 
>'locknut' flange has to be prised out of the indentations on the 
>housing to allow it.

>----- Original Message -----
>>...  I thought there should be some resistance to them and that 
>>they should basically hold horizontal (but with free motion all 
>>around when moved by hand).  Is this correct.  If not how do I go 
>>about adjusting them.  Is it a "simple" tightening of the acorn nut 
>>like an MGB, or is it more involved.  The ball joint connection to 
>>the rack certainly looks a little different than an MGB.

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