Rod ball-joint Every time you change between summer- and winter-tires, or you think something is wrong with the steering:
With the wheel off the ground; twist it from side to side with your hands and observe if the relay bar (3) moves in and out of the rod ball joint. It shall move a little (it has got a small damping), but not much.
If it moves a lot, or you hear a clicking sound, the rod ball joint must be replaced immediately.

Replacement of the rod ball joint

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The drawing is borrowed from the Citroën CX' parts list

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  1. Jack up the front of the car and put it on safety stands.
  2. Remove the road wheel.
  3. Turn the steering-wheel all the way to the opposite side, turn off the ignition and remove the key to activate the key lock.
  4. Remove pressure on the hydraulic system (open the bleed screw ).
  5. Unscrew the nut (12).
  6. Clean, then cut the plastic strips and push the bellows (5) all the way in.
  7. Bend open the ball head lock (6).
  8. Use a short 17mm wrench and unscrew the rod ball joint where it is attached to the steering rack (A).
  9. Remove the relay bar (3) and put it in a vice.
  10. Mark the exact placement of the nut.
  11. Replace the rod ball joint (check that the new rod ball joint has the same length).

Assembly: Use nut "glue" and bend the ball head lock (preferably new) properly in place.

Get the front suspension/steering checked or try to do it yourself.


• The rod ball joint (4) exist in 2 lengths, and so do the relay bar (you therefore must have short rod ball joint + long relay bar, or vice versa).
• Sloppy steering can be caused by worn out rod ball joints (4) or that the ball head lock (6) has failed, causing the rod ball joint to unscrewing itself.

Use 8 mm and 19 mm wrench to loosen the nut (12) (as seen from underneath).


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