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#1 soulman123

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

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Hey all :)

Bit of an odd problem basically when I reverse into a bay slowly moving the steering wheel there is this kind of best described as a rubbing noise like rubber..

Also if stationary I tried moving the steetin wheel a quarter turn and it makes the same noise.

Hopefully I have not been too vague in describing thid.

Any ideas what it might be or the likely suspects ?

On a brighter note it passed its mot last week with 2 advisories. Rear trailing arm bushes perished but not causing excessive movement.

thanks for any help *thumbs up*


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:23 PM

have you got mud flaps fitted ? could be catching on lock

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

Hi stoney,

Thanks for the post.

I do have mud flaps. I have had a look and are not rubbing.

Usually there is no full turning when I park, mainly drive in to bays but I do reverse in for a speedy exit.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the drop links.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:38 PM

It could be the Aux / steering pump belt needs adjusting.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

This thread seems to be running in two places. <_<

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:32 AM

spray the rubbers top and bottom both sides of the drop links and wait 5 mins then try again if the noise goes you have youre answer

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

spray the rubbers top and bottom both sides of the drop links and wait 5 mins then try again if the noise goes you have youre answer

WD40? <_<

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:51 AM

yeah meant to write that just off a niteshift been up 20hrs going to bed

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:42 AM

Apologies for the double I clicked post twice as it didn't seem to be doing anything or my impatience after a hard day.

I'll give the wd40 a go. I hope the if it is them I can easily change them, I have a basic tool kit, trolley jack, stands, sockets the core essentials.

It did just pass it mot but I know drop links can be hard to diagnose unless you take them off and check movement.

Interestingly the drivers side was changed when I got the car so I guess the suspect side would be the passenger side. Unless they used a cheap part on the drivers side which could have failed. I think under the rubber is a balljoint which should be fairly stiff if its floppy its done.

I hope it is that. Not sure of the procedure to take off but on previous cars it was just 2 nuts and off it comes.

Thanks for the help :)


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:51 AM

Standard procedure is to change both sides at the same time, it keeps everything nice and equal.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:40 PM

Ahh I guess the forecourt I got it for decided to be cheap.

A likely suspect seeing as the drivers side failed, I bet the passenger side was mot far behind.

That will be my first port of call.

When I get in ill get the Haynes out to see what's involved.





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