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#1 Steven Dark

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:12 PM

Driving in the snow today, i slid and hit my drivers side front wheel. Damaged the alloy :( but didnt seam like anything else, as i only had 50 yards to drive till i stopped.
On my way home tonight the steering seamed really heavy and the steering wheel does not sit straight any more :( :(

Im so annoyed and upset. Now i guess i have to go to the nice people at ford so they can tell me how much its going to cost to get it repaired...

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:26 PM

Sorry to hear this Steve, I hope it doesnt cost too much to repair

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:10 PM

Sorry to hear this Steve, I hope it doesnt cost too much to repair


Me too, although these things have a tendency to be quite expensive :blink:

Good lick with it :)

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:45 PM

Same thing happened to me the otherday. Turned out to be a bent track rod which cost 66 from ford. Luckyily I got it fitted and tracked for free, but now there is a grinding noise and the steering dosent feel right. Going in to ford on Monday all getting done under warrenty now the damaged parts have been replaced. Got to save money were you can as fords labour charged are simple rediculous

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:16 AM

Same thing happened to me the otherday. Turned out to be a bent track rod which cost 66 from ford. Luckyily I got it fitted and tracked for free, but now there is a grinding noise and the steering dosent feel right. Going in to ford on Monday all getting done under warrenty now the damaged parts have been replaced. Got to save money were you can as fords labour charged are simple rediculous



I hope that its only a track rod. Will find out tomorrow hopefully.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:59 PM

I hope that its only a track rod. Will find out tomorrow hopefully.

Guess what.. its not going to be cheap.. I've been quoted just over 1000.
3 new alloys
3 new tyres
Alignment
Labour


Apparently 3 of my alloys are buckled.

They dont think anything else is bent, but they cant confirm that till the other work is done.. I think i will be sourcing some other way to get 3 new alloys and use the old tyres.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:21 PM

Guess what.. its not going to be cheap.. I've been quoted just over 1000.
3 new alloys
3 new tyres
Alignment
Labour


Apparently 3 of my alloys are buckled.

They dont think anything else is bent, but they cant confirm that till the other work is done.. I think i will be sourcing some other way to get 3 new alloys and use the old tyres.



Sorry to hear this. That is really bad.

I think they might be ripping you off. From what you described in the OP I don't understand how you could have written off three alloy wheels and destroyed three tyres. Get a second opinion from a different dealership imo.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:37 PM

Sorry to hear this. That is really bad.

I think they might be ripping you off. From what you described in the OP I don't understand how you could have written off three alloy wheels and destroyed three tyres. Get a second opinion from a different dealership imo.



I did exactly that, went to a little place called A14 tyres. they said yeah you have 3 buckled alloys.. but 2 are only slightly, probably caused from bad roads. And the other one (the one i hit was bad).. Anyway, cut this short, they put the back wheels on the front, and front on the back. Said i need to get the bad one replaced, and probably two new front tyres because one is damaged (and may as well do both at the same time). They also did the tracking.. Drivers side was 7mm out, passenger 3mm out.


Cost 23 so far, cant go wrong there.. Only problem is, the fact the steering is still quite heavy, like the power steering is broke in some way also the steering wheel doesn't return to the centre after turning.

Any suggestions anyone?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:43 PM

I did exactly that, went to a little place called A14 tyres. they said yeah you have 3 buckled alloys.. but 2 are only slightly, probably caused from bad roads. And the other one (the one i hit was bad).. Anyway, cut this short, they put the back wheels on the front, and front on the back. Said i need to get the bad one replaced, and probably two new front tyres because one is damaged (and may as well do both at the same time). They also did the tracking.. Drivers side was 7mm out, passenger 3mm out.


Cost 23 so far, cant go wrong there.. Only problem is, the fact the steering is still quite heavy, like the power steering is broke in some way also the steering wheel doesn't return to the centre after turning.

Any suggestions anyone?



Tbh imo... I would say take it to Ford and let them do their work, especially as the car is brand new. Maybe consider cracking open the insurance excess if it gets too bad?

Alloy wheels dont seem to be holding up very well to me, which is disappointing.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:07 PM

Booked into ford tomorrow (different dealer) they think it maybe a bent arm, or steering column.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:11 PM

Guess what.. its not going to be cheap.. I've been quoted just over 1000.
3 new alloys
3 new tyres
Alignment
Labour


Apparently 3 of my alloys are buckled.

They dont think anything else is bent, but they cant confirm that till the other work is done.. I think i will be sourcing some other way to get 3 new alloys and use the old tyres.


Booked into ford tomorrow (different dealer) they think it maybe a bent arm, or steering column.




Just what you need straight after Chrimbo and it's not as if you can put any pattern or second hand parts on either to reduce the cost.

Saying that, is there any chance of you getting a set of wheels and tyres off E-Bay?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:56 PM

blag blag blag, i know its not the most honest thing to do but still, if theres no visible damage, whats to say it didnt just happen? thats what i'm doing when mine goes in on monday with all the other problems it has, and it wont be coming out till its fixed under warranty, hopefully lol

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:59 PM

Just what you need straight after Chrimbo and it's not as if you can put any pattern or second hand parts on either to reduce the cost.

Saying that, is there any chance of you getting a set of wheels and tyres off E-Bay?



The wheels im not fussed about.. can get the new alloys for 108 from here
I know someone who will take the tyres off mine now and put them on the new alloys.

But the guy who did the tracking earlier said only one needs to be replaces at the moment, the others are very slightly buckled, most likely caused from bad roads/pot holes.
They put the front wheels on the back, and back on front. So they could do the tracking, which turned out alright now..
Just this possible steering arm or whatever that might be.. but they will charge labour for taking the car to pieces.

Hope everyone has safe journeys

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:00 PM

blag blag blag, i know its not the most honest thing to do but still, if theres no visible damage, whats to say it didnt just happen? thats what i'm doing when mine goes in on monday with all the other problems it has, and it wont be coming out till its fixed under warranty, hopefully lol


Don't think they are that daft pal to be honest especially when there's 6" of snow around.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:02 PM

blag blag blag, i know its not the most honest thing to do but still, if theres no visible damage, whats to say it didnt just happen? thats what i'm doing when mine goes in on monday with all the other problems it has, and it wont be coming out till its fixed under warranty, hopefully lol

What did you do to yours?

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Just seen, read up the page lol

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