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Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 8:54 am 
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My Power steering has just started clattering like a jack hammer when its under load.

It only makes the noise when the car is sitting still, and you turn the wheel, (when its under the most load.)

When moving, (even slowly) its fine.

Could this be low fluid? I had a look at the dipstick but it was hard to tell where the fluid level was at.

Please don't tell me I'm up for a new rack, or pump :-(
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Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 8:57 am 
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Sound coming from rack or pump?

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:13 am 
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Jack the front up, and see if there is any play in the rack, or tie rod ends, mine is starting to do same, worn rack and shockies.
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Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:30 am 
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4.9 EF Futura wrote:
Sound coming from rack or pump?


haven't got that far yet. noticed this morning when I got to work.
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Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:55 pm 
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mine started doing that lately too. sounds like the rack. how much to fix/repair the rack and shockies?

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:15 pm 
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ive got a leaking rack at the moment, and if i forget to top it up it makes some pretty bad groaning noises. Get some power steering fluid and fill it up, and watch your problems fly right out the window :P

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:37 am 
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i just had my power steering pump replaced though! argh!

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:37 am 
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Mine does this too, and I am not losing fluid anymore.

Mine sounds like something it bouncing up and down really fast, making a chattering thumping noise. My mechanic said I needed to replace my tie rod thingies at my next service, as one of those it shuddering.

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:36 am 
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You can adjust the rack with a 20mm allen key.
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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:41 am 
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So, If I'm going to top up the fluid, are there any pitfalls?
Or can I just go down to the Servo, get a bottle of DexronIII and it'll all be sweet?
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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:00 am 
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96ghia wrote:
So, If I'm going to top up the fluid, are there any pitfalls?
Or can I just go down to the Servo, get a bottle of DexronIII and it'll all be sweet?



Pretty much, so long as there's capacity left in the p/s resevoir (i.e. so long as you've got somewhere to put the fluid!!).

Cant hurt!

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 9:59 am 
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Ok, I topped the fluid up but it wasn't that.
Had to Syphon out the excess.

The new fluid was Red and the old fluid was a browny colour.
Wondering if I should drain it and replace it.

If $$$ parts need to be replaced, (ie rack, or pump) its going in the garage until May. (I won't have the money)
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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:22 pm 
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u can pick up a new pump for pretty cheap at the wreckers that would tie u over until u wanna get a new one.. ive done that a few times... and havent bothereed about replacing it in the end caus it workd perfect... $30
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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:55 pm 
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That brings me to another question.

Is the Ghia rack or pump any different to the GLi?

Its got Variable assist P/S. The Ghia (Fairlane and LTD) were the only ones to get it I think.
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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:28 pm 
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bowsaw wrote:
You can adjust the rack with a 20mm allen key.


In which way?

 

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