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#1 delboy

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:42 PM

i have a 1998 ford ka3
when changing into 3rd 4th 5th it
pulls to one side
i have checked the wheel bearings & suspension etc
& there is nothing worn or loost there
if i pull on the offside wheel with the car off the ground
i can hear a sort of clunking noise from under the car.
i think it's the steering rack ??
any ideas on how to check it is that &
replacing it or tightening it up .

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:10 AM

The only thing i can suggest without replacing the rack is to check the bolts that hold the rack down are tight. the torque setting is 84Nm or you may have a worn drum stick that i beleive you can buy without the whole rack

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 02:20 PM

The only thing i can suggest without replacing the rack is to check the bolts that hold the rack down are tight. the torque setting is 84Nm or you may have a worn drum stick that i beleive you can buy without the whole rack

hi m8
it's defo the drum sticks that are worn
will replace them when i get the chance

i have done loads of other things to the ka & it's fine now
apart from the steering rack parts to replace
as i get a slight knocking noise over un even ground sometimes but
it's ok for now.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 04:48 PM

hi m8
it's defo the drum sticks that are worn
will replace them when i get the chance

i have done loads of other things to the ka & it's fine now
apart from the steering rack parts to replace
as i get a slight knocking noise over un even ground sometimes but
it's ok for now.


Might be the antiroll bar links for the knocking noise? also check your antiroll bar for movement as my need new bushes.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 05:11 PM

Might be the antiroll bar links for the knocking noise? also check your antiroll bar for movement as my need new bushes.

it's defo the ant roll bar as i have replaced the drop links & lowewr suspension arms (wishbones)

cheers for all your help
i'll post a reply once i have done it
not gonna be doing it for a few weeks as i'm gonna be away for a whil on me hols

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 05:31 PM

I have a similar problem, when I accelerate , in any gear, the car pulls to the right.
Excuse my ignorance but what are "drumsticks"?
Rgds, Tony

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:44 PM

I have a similar problem, when I accelerate , in any gear, the car pulls to the right.
Excuse my ignorance but what are "drumsticks"?
Rgds, Tony



don't know why i put down drum sticks lol
igne that m8

what was causing my car to pull to 1 side when accellorating was the wishbone that was worne out.
i got my parts from here
www.buypartsby.com


there are 2 types or wishbones 1 for powersteering & 1 for non power steering

mine is the powersteering option
13.43 inc vat each side
i replaced the pair along with the drop links at the same time &
new front pads as you got to remove them to do the job.

you can also check the following as i replaced them aswekk
the rear arm bushes
open the boot & hold the body & try to push & rock the car from side to side
if you have knocking or movement you need to replace them
i got mine from fords for i think it was 26.00 the pair.

let me know how you get on m8
if you do the front ones replace the roll bar rubbers at the same time
as they are most prob worn aswell
they cost about 5.00 the pair

keep us postaed m8.
if your local to bristol i maybe able to help you out

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