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Old 21st May 2019, 19:38   #1
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Default Creaky steering

I've been meaning to ask about this for a few weeks but kept forgetting (not been using the car much). At low speed, with the window down and the radio off, I can hear a creaking coming from the front when I turn the steering wheel. When I'm stopped at home, it makes a really loud creaking if I turn to the right, then still creaks but a lot quieter when I turn the wheel to the left. Is this likely to be the inner/outer track rods or possibly something else? Need to get it sorted soon as the MoT is out in 5 weeks.

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Strut top bearings perhaps Derrick?

Worth a look, as these can be checked (with assistance) by rocking the steering wheel, while placing a hand on one of the spring coils and feeling for roughness.

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Brian as usual is spot on, boy do they ďtwangĒ when you have your hand on the spring.
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Thanks, Iíll see if I can get my hand in that gap and check, if it is those, are they especially tricky to replace? Need spring compressors for it I guess?
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Strut top bearings perhaps Derrick?

Worth a look, as these can be checked (with assistance) by rocking the steering wheel, while placing a hand on one of the spring coils and feeling for roughness.

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That would be my educated guess as well.
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Nice easy fix !
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Just got my son to turn the wheel for me before I dropped them off at school, thereís a definite knock on the drivers side. Iím sure Iíve got a spare strut top bearing somewhere too. Though Iím wondering if I should take the opportunity to do the spring as well, 170,000 miles and still on the originals.
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Just got my son to turn the wheel for me before I dropped them off at school, thereís a definite knock on the drivers side. Iím sure Iíve got a spare strut top bearing somewhere too. Though Iím wondering if I should take the opportunity to do the spring as well, 170,000 miles and still on the originals.
If you wanted to do the top bearing fairly effortlessly, you could simply comress the spring, release the top nut , leave the spring compressed to the strut, swop over the bearing and re-assemble. The spring condition cannot really be judged over mileage or visuallly to any real degree. Surface corrosion is normally found due to powder coating rubbish. If the corrosion is well set in and the effect has reduced the material diameter substantially - then yes change it as a matter of course.
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If you wanted to do the top bearing fairly effortlessly, you could simply comress the spring, release the top nut , leave the spring compressed to the strut, swop over the bearing and re-assemble. The spring condition cannot really be judged over mileage or visuallly to any real degree. Surface corrosion is normally found due to powder coating rubbish. If the corrosion is well set in and the effect has reduced the material diameter substantially - then yes change it as a matter of course.
Just to be clear. Do you mean you can access and replace the top bearing without actually removing the strut from the car ???
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Just to be clear. Do you mean you can access and replace the top bearing without actually removing the strut from the car ???
No you can't, well certainly not safely

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