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Old 03-25-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
Jason Hall
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Weird steering shake

My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
In a somethings loose kinda way.
Any common things that cause this.
Ive put a new damper on to no avail

Jason Hall


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Old 03-25-2005, 12:01   #2 (permalink)
Austin Shackles
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Re: Weird steering shake

On or around Fri, 25 Mar 2005 19:28:09 GMT, "Jason Hall"
<jason.hall8@ntlworld.com> enlightened us thusly:

>My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
>In a somethings loose kinda way.
>Any common things that cause this.
>Ive put a new damper on to no avail
>


drag link ball joints loose (either end), play in steering box (adjust) or
worn UJs in the steering column. All can give the symptoms you describe.

Have an assistant rock the steering wheel from side to side gently (less
than 1/4 turn, just enough so that the wheels twitch slightly) and examine
all points for movement that shouldn't be there. Slight ball joint play can
be felt better than it can be seen.

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Old 03-25-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 19:28:09 GMT, "Jason Hall"
<jason.hall8@ntlworld.com> wrote:

>My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
>In a somethings loose kinda way.
>Any common things that cause this.
>Ive put a new damper on to no avail
>
>Jason Hall
>


Most likely lack of pre-load on the swivels - they will need
reshimming. Also, did you prime the damper before you fitted it?


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'77 101FC Ambulance aka "Burrt"
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Old 03-26-2005, 05:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

Tim Hobbs wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 19:28:09 GMT, "Jason Hall"
> <jason.hall8@ntlworld.com> wrote:
>
>> My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
>> In a somethings loose kinda way.
>> Any common things that cause this.
>> Ive put a new damper on to no avail
>>
>> Jason Hall
>>

>
> Most likely lack of pre-load on the swivels - they will need
> reshimming. Also, did you prime the damper before you fitted it?


Thats a nice job!

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Old 03-26-2005, 06:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 12:39:42 -0000, "Nige"
<nigel.inceFANNYFART@btinternet.com> wrote:

>Tim Hobbs wrote:
>> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 19:28:09 GMT, "Jason Hall"
>> <jason.hall8@ntlworld.com> wrote:
>>
>>> My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
>>> In a somethings loose kinda way.
>>> Any common things that cause this.
>>> Ive put a new damper on to no avail
>>>
>>> Jason Hall
>>>

>>
>> Most likely lack of pre-load on the swivels - they will need
>> reshimming. Also, did you prime the damper before you fitted it?

>
>Thats a nice job!
>


Wouldn't know....

I do know that it transformed my Discovery from virtually undriveable
on rough roads to being very composed, and much more stable, even at
highly illegal speeds.

On a Discovery with enough miles to need swivel work, it's also likely
that the shocks and steering damper are knackered, not to mention the
state of the wheel bearings and wheel alignment. It depends very much
on the service history of the vehicle.

It's only when you get it put right that you realise just how bad it
was...
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'58 Series 2 88" aka "Stig"
'77 101FC Ambulance aka "Burrt"
'03 Volvo V70

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Old 03-28-2005, 06:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

Yep it's a whole subject of its own - lost track of how many Range Rovers
and Discovery's have been inverted due to the runaway build up of front end
instability --- quite few fatalites as well - but Landrover deny
it................. I lost a RR on the A12 in Essex, another RR in
Oxfordshire.......Disco started to show signs ..........


"Jason Hall" <jason.hall8@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> My disco steering shakes when on uneven road surfaces.
> In a somethings loose kinda way.
> Any common things that cause this.
> Ive put a new damper on to no avail
>
> Jason Hall
>
>



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Old 03-28-2005, 09:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

On 2005-03-28, Larry Shaw <larry@local-angle.com> wrote:

> Yep it's a whole subject of its own - lost track of how many Range
> Rovers and Discovery's have been inverted due to the runaway build
> up of front end instability


Any evidence of any of this at all, of any kind? Seems to me that
rather a lot of them don't throw themselves into hedges or turn over.

> --- quite few fatalites as well - but Landrover deny
> it.................


Ooooh conspiracy!!

> I lost a RR on the A12 in Essex, another RR in
> Oxfordshire.......Disco started to show signs ..........


I'd suggest you buy a different car, one of those blue plastic trikes
that you see in disabled bays might be more suited to you.

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Old 03-28-2005, 13:03   #8 (permalink)
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On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 13:27:23 +0000 (UTC), "Larry Shaw"
<larry@local-angle.com> wrote:

>Yep it's a whole subject of its own - lost track of how many Range Rovers
>and Discovery's have been inverted due to the runaway build up of front end
>instability --- quite few fatalites as well - but Landrover deny
>it................. I lost a RR on the A12 in Essex, another RR in
>Oxfordshire.......Disco started to show signs ..........
>
>


To lose one Range Rover is unfortunate, to lose two seems like
carelessness...


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'58 Series 2 88" aka "Stig"
'77 101FC Ambulance aka "Burrt"
'03 Volvo V70

My Landies? http://www.seriesii.co.uk
Barcoding? http://www.bartec-systems.com
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Old 03-28-2005, 14:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Weird steering shake

On or around Mon, 28 Mar 2005 13:27:23 +0000 (UTC), "Larry Shaw"
<larry@local-angle.com> enlightened us thusly:

>Yep it's a whole subject of its own - lost track of how many Range Rovers
>and Discovery's have been inverted due to the runaway build up of front end
>instability --- quite few fatalites as well - but Landrover deny
>it................. I lost a RR on the A12 in Essex, another RR in
>Oxfordshire.......Disco started to show signs ..........



If you drive something which ain't roadworthy, they you deserve to end up
upside down in the hedge. To get the sort of instability you're describing
would, IMHO, require major wear in several components or systems at once.
I've driven various LRs with more or less worn steering - worn joints in the
drag link makes it a bit vague in a straight line, shot steering damper can
give a high (about 2-3 Hz) frequency shimmy on hitting bumps, worn joints in
the track rod can make it wandery too, or can make for inconsistent steering
- however, none of these singly unless very worn showed any signs of making
it go fatally unstable at legal speeds. In the case of the 110 damper, it
was totally shot - didn't make that much odds, asides from the shimmy as
described, but that died out quite quickly and didn't continue once you'd
got off the bumps.

I suggest a bit of maintenance... I noticed a slight iffyness in one of the
discos the other day, and sure enough, drag link balljoint has about a mm or
2 of play in it, so it's due for replacement as soon as the new one comes.


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