Instructions on replacing the track rod on your Range Rover P38.
Location and Discussion Track Rod / Drag Link for Discovery II, 1999 - 2004 or Range Rover P38, 1995 - 2002
Hi it's Jim. I take care of the technical support here at Atlantic British. Today we're going to have a little discussion on the front end geometry of Range Rovers and the Discovery II. We have the Discovery II on the lift. I overhear our sales people all the time, people call in and they want a tie rod end or something. Land Rover calls tie rod ends 'ball joints'. I don't know why. And then they ask where they want it for, and the 2 words track rod and drag link come up. What I'm going to show you on the Disco II is where they are. We'll just move over here. The drag link on the Disco II and the Range Rover (that's P38 1995 - 2002) is in front of the axle. It also has this steering damper attached to it. The track rod is actually behind the axle. Doesn't have anything attached to it on this particular car. If you had an older Discovery I, the steering stabilizer is attached to that one. So what the usual problem is with these is either the tie rod end ball joint gets warn out and lose, the boots get torn up, and you want to replace it. You have to tell them if you are doing the track rod or the drag link. The next problem is that these cars are getting old. Your labor to get this out because it is rusted in tight, sometimes it is just a smarter deal to buy the whole unit. Especially if the one on the other end goes bad, it's part of this whole rod, so you would have to buy it any way. It is not that much more money to get the adjuster, the clamps and the other tie rod ball joint here. And then it makes doing the alignment the alignment 100% easier. This you can see is the drag link because that is where the steering stabilizer would go. This is the track rod for the Range Rover. It is bigger than the Disco II, you can see it is the same deal on this end the tie rod end or ball joint is part of this whole rod. And then you have your adjusters and stuff here. Again, if it is old, unless you live in the middle of the desert, not the northeast like we are here, it's going to be rusty, cruddy and hard to manage. It's good money just to put the whole piece on it. While we are up here, the steering stabilizer for Disco II you can have a choice of the OEM one. You can get a Bilstein gas German one, which is nice. My personal favorite is the Old Man Emu here. This is a pretty solid unit. It will get rid of any shakes in the front. For the Range Rover you can only buy the original equipment one. So if you need ball joints, tie rod ends or the whole track rod, check us out at RoverParts.com or give us a call at 1-800-533-2210. Talk to the sales department, they'll know exactly what you need. And you can surprise them this time because you know where the track rod is and where the drag link is.