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Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:00 pm 
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Ok guys heres the story, i just bought an ed with some steering noises coming from the front left.

When standing still it makes a 'tap' noise when turning in in opposite directions.


and when parking i get several cracks, taps and other wierd noises all coming from the front left steering.


what could this be? how do i identify what the problem is?

please help guys, i get the weirdest looks in car parks :shock:

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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:28 pm 
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Could be a number of things but i would start by checking tie rod ends, ball joints but most of all steering rack ends.
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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:50 pm 
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its the rack nuts, loosen them off and spray crc or grease between the rack and cross member, then tighten up thw two 18mm nuts

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:05 am 
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The rack bolts are 13mm, if it was the rack bolt/s it would have to be both loose for it to tap as described and would come from both sidesalong with play in the steering. I would put money on the left rack end as its the side that cops all the bumps and wears out first.
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:04 pm 
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thanks guys, is this an easy fix?


how much $$$ am i looking at?
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:37 pm 
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ye im pretty sure its just 2 bolts on the input shaft/steering rack

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:52 am 
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The rack ends can be bought for around $50 a pair and are pretty straight forward to replace. You need to count how many turns when removing from the tie rod. But to check if it is the rack ends you have to put the car up on ramps and peel back the rack boots from the inside to access the rack ends. Start the engine and have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, check for any play in the rack end ball joint where the boot was peeled back.
Oh and the input shaft is on the right side so it wont be that.
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Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:10 pm 
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I would be checking the cheap options first, check the rack mount bolts first (pretty common for being loose), check cross-member bolts, if that fails pay $14.00 and an 2hrs of your time and get pedders to check it, I did that's all it was and they tightend them for me.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:44 pm 
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cheers for the reply's guys, pedders it is



just wonder, if putting cars on ramps, i don't think its possible to turn the wheels while on the ramp?
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Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:12 pm 
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ok guys, got the safety check done, and it was some loose nuts in the end..
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