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Old 07-30-2007, 13:42   #1 (permalink)
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1996 Ford Telsar TX5 Steering issue!!! Help!!!

Hi all

I'm in need for some advice for my problems. I recently bought my car in a neat condition but seems to have 3 problems. Please Help!!!!
1. Steering - When turning left in a corner and back again the steering wheel is off centre to the left and has feels loose back to the middle, when turning right and back the steering wheel is centre but lees loose, also when accelerating hard the car tends to the right and when leaving acceleration moves back to the left.
2. Hand brake light comes on when applying brakes, and dies againg, when braking while turning the light stays on longer.

Please give me advice, it would be highly appreciated

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Martin
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1996 Ford Telsar TX5 Steering issue!!! Help!!!

Hi Martin
First of all, based on what you're saying, stop driving the car until you know what the problem is.
1. From your description I would first look at the steering rack mounting points to see if either the bushes are torn or missing, or one of the bolts is loose or broken. If they're ok, check all ball joints for excessive movement.
2. This usually happens when the Brake fluid level on the reservoir is too low. If this is the case, inspect your brake system, lines, hoses and calipers on all 4 wheels to check for possible leaks. If no leaks are evident, check the thickness of your brake pads and see if they need replacing.
Let us know how it goes. cheers
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Re: 1996 Ford Telsar TX5 Steering issue!!! Help!!!

thanks very very much backlash, will keep you up to date. Enjoy!!!!!
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Re: 1996 Ford Telsar TX5 Steering issue!!! Help!!!

Hallo backlash,

1. Took my car for inspection, all seems fine in front suspension. 1 Problem on the rear!!! Left rear stabilizer arm is bent, can this be the problem??? it does not make sense to me...??? Can my toe in and out be wrong that causes my problem with the steering issue???.
2. All fine in the braking system, including breakfluid level and thickness of the pads on all 4 wheels.

Will appreciate some advice
Thanx allot
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:37   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 1996 Ford Telsar TX5 Steering issue!!! Help!!!

Well...
1. IF your car has 4 wheel steering then yes (some Telstars had it, not sure about yours). If not, I still think you have a problem at the front. If you suspect incorrect alignment, the way the front tyres are wearing will give you clues as to what the problem may be.
Either way, if the sway bar is bent you should replace it I think.
2. This light is wired to both the handbrake switch and the brake fluid reservoir. So start by physically moving the handbrake lever sideways when it's down (with ignition on or engine running) and see if it lights up or not. If ok, inspect the reservoir, there should be a float shaped sort of like a small disc that triggers the light when it goes down (when fluid level is low). See if it moves freely, it should be at the top and you should be able to push it down with one finger and watch it go up instantly. cheers
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