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Old 08-09-2004, 15:51   #1 (permalink)
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Heavy Steering

Well my car has developed its next problem, I swear it must think I have nothing better to spend my money on! The steering has become alot heavier than it should be and it doesn't re-center itself (i have to steer back or keep going round the corner...), I've checked my power steering fluid and tyre pressures and everything is normal. What else could be causing this? I'm going to have the suspension checked out at Pedders this weekend put it would help if I had some idea whats wrong with the steering, thanks.
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Old 08-09-2004, 16:32   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Heavy Steering

your rack and pinion?? A EB that i was test driving before i got the EA just kept going around the round about without anyone touching the wheel the idoits had installed a second hand rack and pinion, hoping it would have fixed the problems.
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yeah the rack could have seized..happened to me. Cost me about $400 for a replacement fitted.
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I'd look at your wheel alignment and a suspension check first before moving on to the steering...
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I'd look at your wheel alignment and a suspension check first before moving on to the steering...
Yeah the suspension is getting checked out this weekend. I'm going to get them to check over everything so they should find the problem, just hoping it won't cost too much to fix.
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Don't rely on the one inspection. Get a second opinion.
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I was going to pipe up when you got your wheels, 2 customers i know have very big wheel combinations on there EL's, the extra width and weight of the tyres and rims is causing the power steering pump to fail at a alarming rate..One has had 3 (new from Ford) units fitted in the last 6 months.We tried releasing the valve that sometimes binds, but that didnt last more than 1 hour. I'd be 95% certain that is what is happening dj..THe pump although going thru the motions is not supplying enough pressure to assist the rack

You can either change the wheels or perhaps look at the pumps they are using on the BA's.. THey are obviously rated higher and upto the increased load the 19" wheels are causing
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Re: Heavy Steering

Try spraying WD40 on the part of the colume that goes through the firewall.There is a small nylon bush there that dries up and jams the steering.
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I was going to pipe up when you got your wheels, 2 customers i know have very big wheel combinations on there EL's, the extra width and weight of the tyres and rims is causing the power steering pump to fail at a alarming rate..One has had 3 (new from Ford) units fitted in the last 6 months.We tried releasing the valve that sometimes binds, but that didnt last more than 1 hour. I'd be 95% certain that is what is happening dj..THe pump although going thru the motions is not supplying enough pressure to assist the rack

You can either change the wheels or perhaps look at the pumps they are using on the BA's.. THey are obviously rated higher and upto the increased load the 19" wheels are causing
If that is the case then I will have to find someway to work around the wheels cus taking them off isn't an option. Do you know how much a BA PS Pump would cost? And is it definately compatible with an EF?

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Try spraying WD40 on the part of the colume that goes through the firewall.There is a small nylon bush there that dries up and jams the steering.
I'll give that a go, provided I can find the part you are talking about!
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If that is the case then I will have to find someway to work around the wheels cus taking them off isn't an option. Do you know how much a BA PS Pump would cost? And is it definately compatible with an EF?
THe BA pumps are diffenrent units altogether.. You would have to fabricate the brakets etc yourself.. I'll let you know if this guy goes thru with it.. ATM he just sources 2nd handies and burns them out
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