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Heavy steering on KA

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by DIYspanner, 8 Jul 2017.

  1. DIYspanner

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    2007 1.3i

    Fluid level is right.
    Track rod ends aren't seized - disconnected them and seem free enough.
    Tyres are at the right pressure.

    Took the car for test drive after servicing it and for a small car, the steering, in my opinion, is heavy.

    One thing I've noticed that on full lock, both ways, there's a groaning which will be the pump I presume.

    The pump is on the way out perhaps?
     
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  3. Burnerman

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    One way to check the P.A.S for sure......try coasting and steering the car with the engine off - it will be very hard to turn the wheel indeed!
    John :)
     
  4. DaveHerns

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    Strut tops mounts seized ?
     
  5. If there's a groaning on full lock, check the CV joints as well.
     
  6. Mikefromlondon

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    raise both wheels off the road, and then see how it feels with engine off and with engine running
     
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    Thanks Folks!

    I'll investigate and post back.
     
  9. DaveHerns

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    Can you find a similar car to test? It may be normal.
     
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    My daughter in Law has one and says he same about the steering - so may be normal - as is rust
     
  11. Peter.N.

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    The condition of the front tyres can have a marked effect on the steering, as the tread wears down the steering gets heavier, also the type of tyres makes a lot of difference.

    Many years ago my mother bought a Peugeot 205, she liked the car but complained about the heaviness of the steering, no PAS on that one and even I found it heavy, I went to my friendly local tyre supplier and asked if I could see all the tyres of that size, I checked each one by pressing my thumbs into the centre of the tread to find the most supple, they were duly fitted and completely transformed the car.

    Peter
     
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