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Just bought an early Ka without power steering. I've noticed that every now and then, the steering feels stiffer than normal. Usually around 30mph+ on left and right bends. The wheels, tyres and brakes are fine, and there are no strange noises to be heard. It's intermittent which makes things difficult for anyone else test driving it. Has anyone else had similar problems?
 

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Hi Purpleka,
my daughter has just bought an "S" reg with the same problem. Its driveable, but defo not right. Have you solved the problem? If so ....please share.
Many thanks
Chris
 

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possibley the suspension bushings? they wear an need replacing every now and again any noises to go with? if there is like a rubbing sound then id say it was almost definetly the bushings
 

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Hi,

check the universal joints in the steering column. I have a 94 Fiesta not a KA
but had similar problem. Cleaned with WD50 spray, then put some lithium grease
on them, and the steering should feel quite smooth in one day or two of usage,
and should last months before you have too grease again.
You may want to consider replacing the defective one (usually the one nearest
the steering bar inside engine near the firewall) as the wear would become worse
and worse. (I now have a steering wheel losen at the center point, getting looser...)
and will replace it on next few weeks.

Quite dangerous as it can become stiff suddenly and you may loose control...

Hope this can help.
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Joao said:
Hi,

check the universal joints in the steering column. I have a 94 Fiesta not a KA
but had similar problem. Cleaned with WD50 spray, then put some lithium grease
on them, and the steering should feel quite smooth in one day or two of usage,
and should last months before you have too grease again.
You may want to consider replacing the defective one (usually the one nearest
the steering bar inside engine near the firewall) as the wear would become worse
and worse. (I now have a steering wheel losen at the center point, getting looser...)
and will replace it on next few weeks.

Quite dangerous as it can become stiff suddenly and you may loose control...

Hope this can help.
:driver:
mine seems like this to, where are the joints? do you have any photos?
 

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It happens I have just replaced mine by myself, two days ago. The steering is now perfect, smooth and sharp in any position. Just need to go make steering alignment
as it is a bit dificult to place the new joint in the exact same position of the old
one.

Yes, you asked, so I have just taken some pictures of the old joint :).
Just have to see how I publish that.

You should find the inner one in the floor of the driver's seat, behind and above the brake pedal. Grease or spray that one. The one that is probably bad is the
external one wich can be found in the direction of that one, close to it, but in
the engine compartment, just above the horizontal steering shaft in front of
driver's seat, below the other one. It should be quite easy to find.

I pictured the last one.
 

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Here it is with column steering slot upwards


Notice the other slot that enters steering horizontal shaft (vertical pin) is threaded (as the pin) so removing it will be the hardest part of the job.



View from another angle



Notice the joint shafts full of grease, from when it was stiff, (greased twice in 3 years)
but now one of the shafts just became loose and I was afraid of it to break when
driving. Now I don't move steering wheel with the car still cause it makes a lot
of effort in the joints, don't want to replace again one of them, in coming years.

This is more important to people with power steering, as they just don't realise
the effort they submit steering parts to.



If someone wants to replace it by himself here are the
process I used:

Prepare with CD label pen or some means of marking relative positions
of parts. This includes (at the proper moments not now)

steering wheel screw and the wheel itself (because of torque)

top column side in front of driver

column face visible near the joint

its relative position to the joint.


Park the cark with front wheels straight forward. Steering wheel in centre.

Disconnect battery.

Remove the steering wheel first then upper and lower shrouds of steering column.

Remove all electrical sockets, the lights (horn and rain screenwiper) command levers unit.

Remove bonnet release lever spring if applicable and associated cable plastic guide, and the lever too.

Remove column "shroud" fixed to chassis screws with nuts.

Then remove screw in the upper column joint slot shown in pictures. I needed
place again steering wheel and rotate it 180º for better access to remove the
screw.

Steering column will be loose and slip down. Go into driver's seat and pull it
slightly back, just out from the external joint slot.

Remove the other screw of the joint then use a huge screwdriver placed in the center hole of the joint in horizontal and hammer the screwdriver metal body
against the upper joint shaft to slowly and carefully remove the threaded slot
from steering shaft, (in upper direction) noticing or marking carefully its relative position.

Place the new joint first by hand in steering threaded pin, in steering shaft, same position, and if it does not enters all down easily by hand use again the screwdriver
and hammer but now DO NOT hammer any joint shaft, only the lower slot metal
part, with care. It should go down until you feel with your finger nail (nail down)
it reached a circular thread (last mark in pin). Check to see you can place the
the screw in its hole with ease or align again the better you can.

Remount everything again, but do not attach the joint upper screw until everything
is in place including the steering wheel screw (to make space for column to adjust
itself in its place, in the down part of it. Only then you should screw it.

Reconnect battery.

Good luck.
 
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