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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:42 am 
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Hi Guys,

Recently picked up a EFII Gli. Completely stock with 105,000ks. I think there might be a problem with the rack/front end geometry.

Around town, the steering is great, nice and direct, no chatter and no play. At speeds above say 100km/h, the car is *VERY VERY* twitchy. Way too sensitive. You only need to move the steering wheel about 1cm and it changes lanes. Its bloody awful.

Do they all do this? My old EFII XR6 was brilliant in this regard, but it obviously had a different suspension setup.

Any ideas?

PS: before I bought the car, it had only covered about 500km in the last year. I wonder if some seals in the rack have gone hard.

Car has got 4 brand new tyres (205/65 Bob Janers on Classic alloys) correct pressure. Wheel alignment ws done 2 weeks ago.
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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:18 am 
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Have you had a wheel alignment and check on the front end?

Maybe the lower control arm bushes are collapsing / starting to collapse.

That happened on mine. Around town it was ok, but getting above 80 made the car a bit of a handfull to drive and very twitchy.
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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:36 am 
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Sorry to hijack, but when you're moving around slowly and turning, are you meant to be able to hear the power steering pump making noises (almost like a tiny turbo sound, water flowing quickly), or is something in the steering screwed up? (pump is brand new)

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:50 am 
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Forgot to mention as well. If the bushes are worn, you will hear some tyre noises at freeway speeds, and get some bad tyre wear.
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Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:26 pm 
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maybe try swapping front wheels with someone else and go for a drive. i've had tyres that felt like that at speeds greater then 90KM/H
if no difference jack your car up and check for any play in all directions.

 

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