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Self Centering Steering

Post by Bidz93 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:59 pm
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Should the steering in an 82 Facelift self center and, if it were not doing so, what would be the first place to check?

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:34 pm
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Bidz93 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:59 pm
Should the steering in an 82 Facelift self center
On a level road, yes.
and, if it were not doing so, what would be the first place to check?
Tyre pressures incorrect, i.e. too soft.

Suspension lower ball joint/s dry of lubricant and seizing, usually prefaced by split boot gone unnoticed for a while; sometimes a dry joint may creak when moved.

Lower suspension arm/s insecure on the axle beam.

Steering rack dry of lubricant.

Incorrect castor angle: check axle beam control rods and bushes for security and condition, brackets for signs of buckling.
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Post by Bidz93 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:38 pm
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Suspension lower ball joint/s dry of lubricant and seizing, usually prefaced by split boot gone unnoticed for a while; sometimes a dry joint may creak when moved.
I’ve had a good look and all seems well, no buckling or loose bits.

Are the lower ball joints lubricated for life? Doesn’t appear to have a nipple.

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:53 pm
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Later ball joints are sealed for life, until the boot splits...

If a joint is suspect then try some lubrication under the boot: support suspension under the lower arm to compress the road spring (top bump rubber clear of axle beam) so that the joint isn't loaded.

If a seizing joint does free up then be aware that it may be worn enough to fail: check for free play in the joint with road spring compressed.
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