Graunchy steer­ing

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

From the de­scrip­tion of a graunchy feel to the steer­ing by the owner of this 2006 Vaux­hall Corsa SXI, our first thought was that a front spring had bro­ken and was scrap­ing as the steer­ing was turned. This is some­thing we have seen quite of­ten when the top of the spring breaks away, al­low­ing a bro­ken sec­tion to rub on the body.

When we ex­am­ined the front springs, we were sur­prised to find that both of them were in­tact. The real prob­lem was the front struts, which we re­moved to in­spect the top mounts prop­erly. We dis­cov­ered the cause of the prob­lem was that damp had got into the strut-top mount bear­ings.

New strut tops and bear­ing were fit­ted and, once as­sem­bled, the dif­fer­ence in the feel of the steer­ing was quite dra­matic.

The strut top bear­ings had been af­fected by damp, re­sult­ing in poor steer­ing.

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