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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:12 pm 
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hey guys,

i got really p****d off today when a orbital polisher i bought f**k up and fused the polish into my bonnet :evil:

anyway, after spending 20 minutes at the carwash, i hung it out sideways leaving (stupid thing i know) and there was this huge bang, and now ive lost my speed sensitive assistance in my P/S. it steers heavy-ish now kind of like an EA, the fluid is fine, the P/S pulley makes a bit of noise.

also the wheel alignment is a tad out now.

can anyone tell me what has happened? im scared to drive it because io may have broken something big :evil:

cheers fellas

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:24 pm 
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What did you hang out sideways and what made a bang?

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:25 pm 
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an EL Fairmont Ghia, im not sure what made the bang, but it came from the right hand side of the car, somewhere between B pillar and bumper :?

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:20 pm 
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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:02 pm 
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check sway bar links and upper control arm bushes-bolt to inner guard for play\looseness,then rack ends and tierod ball joints,next undo the rubber boots and check for oil leaks and blown seals.

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:07 pm 
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i think the problem is between the steering wheel and the drivers seat :P
haha j/k is the power steering working?

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:36 pm 
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cheers for that hans.

im not that bad a driver mitch lol

yeah the power steering works but its gone a bit heavier than it used to be. yes there is also fluid in the resorvior :P

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:54 pm 
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So it only happened after it went "bang" Im betting you have damaged the rack (bent) now its stiff and making the pump work overtime as though its on full lock.
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Err, so you hit a gutter?

 

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All that tickford power has gone to ya head :lol:

I seems to think its a bent steering rack too, need to put it on a hoist or something to check the suspension. :)

 

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Err, so you hit a gutter?


when the road is 20m wide and i was right in the centre of it, the chances of that are pretty slim. lol

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:39 pm 
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20m is a hell of a wide road though, lol. Wish they were like that around here.

Maybe take it to a joint like pedders that offer free inspections and get them to have a look at it?

 

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alfy wrote:
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Err, so you hit a gutter?


when the road is 20m wide and i was right in the centre of it, the chances of that are pretty slim. lol

Then I highly doubt you've bent a rack, or a control arm, or done any sort of serious damage to the front end, like some of the other people are assuming!
You say the alignment is out, out of interest, it doesn't have a ratchet type camber kit in it does it?
Other then that, add lower control arm bushes on the list to check, they have a tendency to go on EF/ELs.

Either way, it'll be a bush thats gone or a bolt thats loose.
If you've bent the rack or a control arm by getting sideways, I'll be real surprised :lol:

 

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alfy wrote:
Steady ED wrote:
Err, so you hit a gutter?


when the road is 20m wide and i was right in the centre of it, the chances of that are pretty slim. lol


Pothole even ??? it did go bang so something has hit hard some where or under alot of stress and given way.
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