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Steering/suspension i have a mk6 escort. i have recentley fitted new track rod ends and wishbones, i have had the tracking adjusted but it keeps wearing the inside edge of my tyres and when i turn the wheel in either direction it tends to stay instead of returning

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Take it to a shop that specializes in wheel alignment.

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Hi, to me the problem sounds like the track rod ends need replacing these are what connects the steering to the hub now when you turn the wheel the track rod ends push the hubs in the way you want to turn but what happens ball joint on the track rod end get play in it is it allows the wheels to turn slightly on their own left and right now once these have been replaced you will have no problems.
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