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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:54 am 
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Hello

When driving above 80km/h (approx.) my steering wheel often shakes.

The shaking is not a vibration but an actual shudder in the steering wheel. The shaking increases or lessens depending on the quality of the road surface. If I take my hands off the wheel I can actually see the wheel bouncing up and down.

I have had the wheels balanced and the tyres inspected on several occassions in an attempt to rectify the problem.

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should be having checked next I would love to hear from you.

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:00 am 
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check the tie rods to see if they are nice and tight and check the tie rod ends for wear. check the rubber boots. u might need to raise the car and shake the lower arms to check if they are loose.....mine were loose and caused my car to steer very dangerously. also ball joints.

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:27 pm 
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check the grommits in all the steering system and suspension system, replace the p/s fluid? pump?

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:25 pm 
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I had the same problem in my EL. It turned out as Phongus has aready pointed out, to be a worn tie rod. The end inside the rack boot. cost me $80 to have fixed. Plus wheel alignment after.

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:34 pm 
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Same thing can also happen with wheel bearings..

Ive had this 3 times on 2 of my other cars and each time it was fixed by wheel bearings..

They are easy/cheap, so dont worry too much.

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:13 pm 
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Thank you for your assistance everyone.

I visited my local 'Pedders' workshop today and had them carry out a 28 point safety inspection (steering & suspension).

They found the following problems:

Front Shocks: Soft, Leaking Oil, Lack Of Control
Rear Shocks: Soft, Leaking Oil, Lack Of Control
Tyres: Scalloped, Feathered
Steering Column: Slight Freeplay
Steering Pump: Fluid Discoloured & Burnt

I have been quoted the following prices:

Front Shocks: $292.00
Front Bump Stops: $51.00
Rear Shocks: $160.00
Rear Bump Stops: $51.00
Flush & Replace Steering Fluid: $150.00
Wheel Alignment: $55.00
Labour: $165.00
TOTAL: $924.00 (Inc. GST)

I would appreciate your opinions on whether this is a rip-off quote or is within the regular ball park price range.

Thanks for your help.



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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 7:23 pm 
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I have the same problem, to a lesser extent, and Pedders and a brake specialist I've been to both say everything is okay. I have a suspison its my discs, cause I've spun the wheels and they spin freely in one section but not on another, so thats another thing you could look at :)

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:01 pm 
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
Thank you for your assistance everyone.

I visited my local 'Pedders' workshop today and had them carry out a 28 point safety inspection (steering & suspension).

They found the following problems:

Front Shocks: Soft, Leaking Oil, Lack Of Control
Rear Shocks: Soft, Leaking Oil, Lack Of Control
Tyres: Scalloped, Feathered
Steering Column: Slight Freeplay
Steering Pump: Fluid Discoloured & Burnt

I have been quoted the following prices:

Front Shocks: $292.00
Front Bump Stops: $51.00
Rear Shocks: $160.00
Rear Bump Stops: $51.00
Flush & Replace Steering Fluid: $150.00
Wheel Alignment: $55.00
Labour: $165.00
TOTAL: $924.00 (Inc. GST)

I would appreciate your opinions on whether this is a rip-off quote or is within the regular ball park price range.

Thanks for your help.



Anthony


Shop around that seems a bit steep.
Looks like each job has a Labour component. So why the extra $165 on the end?

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:19 am 
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yeh, i was thinking. 150 for a PS fluid flush, wtf dude its liek 1L.. flush would take 15 mins.

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:11 pm 
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Have you jacked up each wheel of the car and spun each wheel seperatly,to see if you might have a flat spot in any of your rims.

 

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