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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:34 pm 
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me xd ute likes to follow the grooves on the road, at the moment it has no power steering, and its a colum shift, and if it gets in a rut on the road i got to fight it!

Whats its problem?
steering box play? ball joints? rubbers? steering colum ?
help me boys, i got to fight this thing, otherwise i look like a drunk driver!

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:41 pm 
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general wear ans slop in everything in the steering....s**t tyres.....wide tyres do it too. :lol:

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:45 pm 
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its got new kinda wide tyres.
so maybe take it to a steering shop?
i also changed the idler arm

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:58 pm 
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my Xf used to be all over the place, replaced the steering box (power steer) with reco and it drove 100 times better.
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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:06 pm 
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I've owned a couple of x series falcs and also work with tyres, seen this problem many times. take the car to a good wheel aligner and get them to check the whole front end there is a huge difference as to what will pass for rego and what will give firm comfortable steering. Could be as simple as a few rubbers or a decent wheel alignment.

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:14 pm 
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Thought so, legends!!!! you may have saved me big $$$$$

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:06 am 
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Also might need to tighten up the mechinism in the box. From memory ther is a big locknut over the top of a small bolt on the actual box. Undo the locknut and do up the bolt until it just (only just!) nips up, then retighten the locknut. This will remove any slop in the steering box itself. 8-)

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:33 pm 
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steve351 wrote:
its got new kinda wide tyres.
so maybe take it to a steering shop?
i also changed the idler arm


Make sure the idler arm is on the right way up as I've seen them put on upside down and the steering is exactly like you described :roll: :shock: :twisted:

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:54 pm 
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GTBob wrote:
steve351 wrote:
its got new kinda wide tyres.
so maybe take it to a steering shop?
i also changed the idler arm


Make sure the idler arm is on the right way up as I've seen them put on upside down and the steering is exactly like you described :roll: :shock: :twisted:

hahaah i did this in my rebuild, and it hit every speed bump i drove over!

xhute is on the money. chances are your steering box has tons of play and there is an allen key bolt on the side of the steering box which you can access through the inner drivers side front guard. undo it and tighten it up and that will take the play out of the box, unless it's worn really bad.

is your car normally power steering with the belt disconnected, or is it non-power steering?

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:43 am 
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C'mon stevo ,are you sure that you weren't drunk when U felt this wandering? my car felt drunk that nite when 1/2 of my tyre "fell" off down there! and it just keeps on happening

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:02 pm 
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no power steering, thats going on when the 8 goes in

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:22 pm 
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you can still adjust it as i described.

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:30 pm 
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The adjustment is different. The one you described smoke is the powere steering version. The one I described (with a big bolt rather than the allen key) is the manual version. It is adjusted from under the bonnet rather than under the guard. Same principle but :P

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:14 pm 
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actually, yes you're right, stupid me.

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:51 pm 
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I changed, toe arms, upper and lower ball joints, springs, idler arm, shocks. Got an allignment, all was sweet for a week, now it has a mind of its own again.
Sometimes it goes to the left, than other times it pulls hard right, and has destroyed another set of tyres. So ill try tightening that nut tommorrow

Thanks for your help ken on this issue.
Where were you when i needed you..... Got me 4v valves for you to shove in too....

 

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