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How can I identify the correct steering knuckle for a mk1?

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The offside front spring on my N-reg Mondeo 1.8 LX snapped (157K on the clock, living down a pot-holed lane, so no surprises there).
When I was removing the Macpherson strut - the top of the pinch bolt at the bottom of the strut sheared off, so I removed the complete assembly down to and including the steering knuckle and got a replacement from my local breakers.
When I reassembled the car I found that the hole on the steering knuckle for the track rod end is slightly larger than the original. I guess many people would shrug and tighten the nut, but I like to know my steering is good. Well, as good as it can be on a car of this age.
So, I took the unit off, returned it, the Breaker had to confirm it with internal calipers, there is a clear size difference.

So, my question is - how can I identify that the next breaker I go to has the correct part? While I have everything in bits it would seem silly to try and bodge it with the wrong one (I guess I could change the track rod end too, but I would rather keep it as close to original as possible).

Any suggestions?
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strange.. i fitted a mk2 one to my mk1 and had no issues id have thought those would be most different if anything as all mondeos had PAS.. perhaps it had been drilled out to make shift fit a wrong track rod end or something?
there are two diffrent sizes for the trackrod end depending on the size of the hole in the hub
the best way to find out if it is the right one for your car is either to measur it or remove your track rod end and take it with you and try it on the hub to make sure it fits
Thanks, I was hoping that someone could tell me that all LXs or something had the same size.
Once I realised that I there were different sizes I knew that I could measure it when I pick up the replacement. But that does limit me to picking it up for myself rather than ordering one.

Still, good to hear onfirmation that I'm not losing the plot.
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