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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:42 pm 
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hi again guys
just got back from our trip to newcastle and tamworth
thought i would let you know the AU went like dream.....got around 650 ks to tank on the highway ...and round 450 round town
point to wonder about tho



there is a knock or tick in the steering when i am going slow...any ideas :?:
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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:03 pm 
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Does it do it all the time or just sometimes?
Has this just started?

Might be a loose steering rack, not uncommon! :?:

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:53 pm 
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Daniel wrote:
Does it do it all the time or just sometimes?
Has this just started?

Might be a loose steering rack, not uncommon! :?:


Yep Fords answer to that is weld the studs into place...Great if you need to replace them...But I guess its an occupational, safety, health thing....
Mind you this only happens when mechanics undo them and don't check that the studs are tight first before fitting rack....

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:02 am 
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I thought it was something kinky, ROD TRIP, oh well.
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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:31 am 
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I thought it was something kinky, ROD TRIP, oh well.
hahahaha!
I was waiting for someone to say it.. :wink: :lol:

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:44 am 
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That seems like quite high fuel consumption to me...

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:54 am 
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Ugly Igley wrote:
That seems like quite high fuel consumption to me...


Lol, then you drive like a a grandma!!!! I'd kill for 650km from a tank...

But anyways... bud and lynn, try calling your local dealership... there was a recall regarding the steering rack so you may be able to get it sorted out free of charge.

 

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 Post subject: That seems like quite high fuel consumption to me
Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:16 pm 
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if that is high for six i am a monkeys uncle
my tarago used more than that
remember this is a standard xr wagon fully loaded that was driven the whole way on cruise so if you use more than me you should get cruise too
saved me bucketloads on speeding fines with all the cams we saw on the road

ty for the info on the rack will give the dealer call

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Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:27 pm 
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Ugly Igley wrote:
That seems like quite high fuel consumption to me...


yeah me too, highway driving anything under 750 i'd be concerned.

 

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 Post subject: yeah me too, highway driving anything under 750 i'd be conce
Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:15 pm 
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ok what the f have you guys done to get 750 out of a 4 litre motor :?:
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 Post subject: Re: yeah me too, highway driving anything under 750 i'd be c
Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:42 pm 
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bud and lynn wrote:
ok what the f have you guys done to get 750 out of a 4 litre motor :?:


Nothing much! Engine is stock, regularly serviced.
In the country I drive casually, just cruising, and use cruise control.
800km easy out of a tank.
might have something to do with running it on premium.

 

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 Post subject: Re: yeah me too, highway driving anything under 750 i'd be c
Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:51 pm 
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i get 750 out of a tank in my ef fairmont out on the highway no worries at all..
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Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:55 pm 
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Daniel wrote:
Does it do it all the time or just sometimes?
Has this just started?

Might be a loose steering rack, not uncommon! :?:


Yep Fords answer to that is weld the studs into place...Great if you need to replace them...But I guess its an occupational, safety, health thing....
Mind you this only happens when mechanics undo them and don't check that the studs are tight first before fitting rack....




small correction is needed here.

ford do not weld them inplace. because you can't weld steel bolts to an alloy sub frame.
the welds are there to show that the rework has been done. and to ensure that the studs can not be removed.
the problem is not cuased by mechanics not checking the studs are tight.
it happens when nuts are not put back on at the correct torque seting.

the fix for the problem is to simply remove the nuts, clean the thread on the stud with a wire brush put a small amount grease on the thread and torque the nut back on the correct torque.

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:13 pm 
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Thats if you can get your car booked in at a Ford Dealer there was a 3 - 4 month wait for my car to get the safety recall done
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Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:08 pm 
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On a vaguely related topic, what is that switch/sensor on the top of the rack that you can see from the engine bay ??
AFAIK there's no communication from the computer to the rack ??

 

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