08-07-2014, 05:34 PM
(This post was last modified: 08-07-2014, 05:37 PM by JohnM.)
The symptoms with mine was just heavy steering and the steering not self centring, so your problem may well be else where. The U/J is the cheapest option to check, mine wasn't worn (no play), the grease had just dried out.
Could still be the best place for s2airflow to check.
This thread is really helpful.
My garage has taken my van for a drive twice, and declared it seems okay! One week later I nearly died as the steering got worse.
Starting engine makes steering easier so the power steering pump works.
when driving, turning about 2 degrees left or right is effortless, so lower balljoint and steering gear is okay.
Turning further is very stiff, then suddenly gives with more force on steering wheel.
The stiffness is worse downhill => more weight on front struts.
and easier uphill => less weight on front struts.
From this thread, I reckon the bushes/bearing at the top of one strut is either knackered or dry.
There seems no noise from the problems when going lock to lock with the van stationary.
Many thanks to dumdum fro the explanation. Is it hard to fix, and how much do you charge?
I got strut top mounts and bearings for about £28 and my mechanic charged me 1/2 hour labour per side :-)
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