Steering 'slop' / play

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Steering 'slop' / play

Post by Ulrika480 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:25 pm

I had the front shocks, subframes and ball joints replaced as things were feeling a bit tired.

There now seems to be a bit a of play in the steering around the straight ahead when going from one direction to the other - say when going round a roundabout on a dual carriageway.

Any ideas of the cause of what else I might need to replace?

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by glasgowjim » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:45 pm

By sub frames I assume that you mean the front suspension arms.

If the tyre pressures etc are ok then I would look at tracking.

Still as a quick check jack up the car and put it on axle stands then with both wheells off the ground check whether there is any play in the steering rack.

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by Ulrika480 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:48 pm

glasgowjim wrote:By sub frames I assume that you mean the front suspension arms.

If the tyre pressures etc are ok then I would look at tracking.

Still as a quick check jack up the car and put it on axle stands then with both wheells off the ground check whether there is any play in the steering rack.
Front wishbones and ball joints.

Difficult to describe but it feels both lighter and stickier when going back through the straightahead position.
I'm always spot on with the tyre pressures, but am putting on two new tyres next week for the winter when it goes in for a central exhaust section, so will get the tracking checked as well.

Re the steering rack
- Are they known to wear or do they just break ?
- Are there serviceable 'bits' ?

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by glasgowjim » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:59 pm

the system can leak.
a visual is easily done.
oh you can check steering column as well.

I would suspect there are no user replaceable parts other than seals/plugs

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by Ulrika480 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:46 pm

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by glasgowjim » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:59 pm

As a final thought....

Possibly change pow str. fliud as it might be degrading.

oh if your rack is on the way out I know a man with a spare rack:D

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Re: Steering 'slop' / play

Post by Ulrika480 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:39 pm

PAS fluid is a good idea. Tracking now set to toe in properly - seems better so far. (30deg?)

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