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Postby dirtydirtydiesel » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:32 pm

Hi all,
Fitted a new clutch kit & dmf over the weekend, pig of a job but well chuffed with the results.
Just one or two glaring problems :roll:
1. To get the box out I had to lower the subframe slightly, about 40mm at the front & 10mm at the back
Now probably stupidly I didn't loosen the rack or column :oops:
Upon finishing the job & going for a road test I found the steering to be a bit tight / heavy & not quite self centring.

Any ideas, bent column / damage to the rack

2. Powerflex rear / lower stabiliser bush, DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!! :x
On a derv anyway, it vibrates like a Motherfxxker on idle, might be great in a chaved up 306 with a drain pipe exhaust
But on my family estate bus used to tow our caravan not so great :evil:

So guess what I'm doing next weekend :frown:
2002 110 HDi estate, Rapier in monaco blue!
With great power comes great responsablity!!!!!!
(I'm still looking for the f*****g power)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: heavy steering

Postby jasper5 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:11 pm

I've done lots of these and always lowered the subframe without touching the rack and never had an issue.

I would run it a bit longer and see how it goes.
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Re: heavy steering

Postby dirtydirtydiesel » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:45 pm

Thanks for the imput jasper,
I am not imagining it, it's definitely stiffer & not self centring.
I have studied some diagrams of the rack & column assembly & I am convinced that I have damaged the lower UJ that
connects the column to the rack.
Maybe I was unlucky & didn't have it in the correct orientation when I lowered the subframe & you did every time without knowing.
I don't know if this is right but what I do know is mine is damaged some where & that looks like the culprit :roll:
2002 110 HDi estate, Rapier in monaco blue!
With great power comes great responsablity!!!!!!
(I'm still looking for the f*****g power)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pp2000 owner / user, can offer Diagnostic's / fault code, reading / clearing for beer tokens in Leicestershire.
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