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Q I own a Capri 2.8i and am experiencing a problem when the car is being reversed in full left-hand lock. As the car is being reversed, the nearside wheel seems to judder, jump and knock as if the wheel is being dragged along. When I adjust the steering wheel so that it’s just off full-lock, the problem disappears. There’s no play in the wheel and the tyres are fully inflated. I’ve only experienced this problem when reversing out of my garage, which is on a very slight slope.
I recognise that it’s hard for you to diagnose the problem without experiencing the issue yourself, but would appreciate any advice. Bic Haynes London
A We think the possible problem is that when the tracking has been checked that any adjustments have been made without making sure that the rack was centred and kept that way. Also, some places are quite happy to make adjustments to the tracking by just adjusting one side, which throws it further out.
The quickest and easiest way to check is to count the number of threads visible on each track rod end — they should be pretty similar. If not, you’ll have to even them up and then get the tracking rechecked. Hope this helps.
If your Capri judders on full lock, get the tracking checked.