steering not self centering

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mark1961
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steering not self centering

Post by mark1961 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:24 pm

hi, ive just found and joined this forum and looking for some advice, I have a 406 110 hdi estate, previously having the 110 saloon and early 1.9 estate, I love my car however it has developed a tendency recently to not self centre when turning left or right fluid level is fine tyres good and no nasty noises so I'm a bit stumped as to what it might possibly be, any pointers would be greatly appreciated
thank you

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GingerMagic
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Re: steering not self centering

Post by GingerMagic » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:08 pm

Hi Mark, welcome to the club.

You've checked the obvious things but next on the list would be the strut top bearing.... 8)

They can wear out, which puts extra stress on the front spring which 'may' snap one day ( normally only at low speeds ) so its worth getting checked.
1999 T4 family wagon, slow as a turd but the kids like it
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Sadly sold the 406, best cars I have ever owned
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Re: steering not self centering

Post by Doggy » Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:39 pm

Hi Mark & welcome aboard. 8)

As GM says, strut top bearings are likely to be the cause. If you can get both front wheels off the ground, you should be able to hear something from wherever it's sticking.
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Re: steering not self centering

Post by dirtydirtydiesel » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:43 pm

:arrowu: +3 99% strut top bearings :roll:
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Re: steering not self centering

Post by mark1961 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:33 pm

going to check strut top bearings out tomorrow but is it possible it could be the pressure switch, ive also been told there are two types of steering rack, variable and non variable, whats the difference and how do I know what type mine is thank you

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Re: steering not self centering

Post by mark1961 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:01 pm

ive been told it could also be a pressure switch, is this a possible cause ? also I have found out that there is variable and non variable power steering, how do I know what type mine is, I'm going to investigate the strut top bearings tomorrow or Tuesday, thank you for any advice

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Re: steering not self centering

Post by GingerMagic » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:37 am

Hi, if you send me your VIN number I can check to see if your car has variable power steering or not. 8)
1999 T4 family wagon, slow as a turd but the kids like it
2002 Citroen Xsara Picasso Hdi90 - Dirtied by the kids, Dented by the wife....
Sadly sold the 406, best cars I have ever owned
PP2000 user, can help with faults / diagnostics in the Bournemouth area.

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