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Old 11 Aug 2009, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CAR NOT HOLDING THE ROAD

My car doesn't seem to be holding the road the way it used to, but I don't know what is actually wrong with it. When I turn into a corner I have to go really slowly or I lose it and every wee bump on the road makes the car feel unstable and a bit bouncy. When I accelerate it feels ok when going straight but when I come off the accelerator there feels as though there is a bit of play in the steering.

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Re: CAR NOT HOLDING THE ROAD

If you think the play in the steering check the steering wheel when car idling so power steering be on, when wheels straight ahead fiddle the steering wheel left to right 2-3 inches if you hear play its either the inner track rods to the rack the balljoint worn or if its not that it could be the outer track rod end balljoint again never heard of a steering rack being replaced on imprezas some one might quote me on that they like Hondas they dont break once you have the proper fluid in them. But as for the handling issues it proberbly (ARB) Anti Roll Bar bushes and Drop links also check the shocks on each corner dont press on the weak panels as they will dent get a hard surface the car should rebound back nicely back to normal position if its to bouncy the shocks are worn can you see any fluid from the shocks thats also a sign of a fcuked shock hope it helps let us know
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Old 12 Aug 2009, 12:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you think the play in the steering check the steering wheel when car idling so power steering be on, when wheels straight ahead fiddle the steering wheel left to right 2-3 inches if you hear play its either the inner track rods to the rack the balljoint worn or if its not that it could be the outer track rod end balljoint again never heard of a steering rack being replaced on imprezas some one might quote me on that they like Hondas they dont break once you have the proper fluid in them. But as for the handling issues it proberbly (ARB) Anti Roll Bar bushes and Drop links also check the shocks on each corner dont press on the weak panels as they will dent get a hard surface the car should rebound back nicely back to normal position if its to bouncy the shocks are worn can you see any fluid from the shocks thats also a sign of a fcuked shock hope it helps let us know
As above.

Really sounds like a shock is knackered to me, but you had it replaced? Have you checked them all? Push down on each corner of the card pretty hard, if car drops and returns straight back with no bouncing, shock is OK, if it bounces around a wee a bit and goes up and down at all, then you'll need that shock checking and probably replacing.

Have heard of a steering rack needing replacing Darren, and what is worse it was a quick rack on an RA.
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Re: CAR NOT HOLDING THE ROAD

I had one shock which was knackered but I got both rear ones replaced at the same time. When I got this done it felt better but still not right.

Last night I took these wheels off and put the standard 17" ones back on and it feels much better. I think my trouble was the wheels were buckled and were causing the car to bounce about a wee bit and then with the shock gone it was emphasising the problem and making the steering feel light cause the wheels weren't making proper road contact. Now going to order a new set of 18's and fit a strut bar. Will get it lowered too but need more cash first.

Thanks for the replies .

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Have heard of a steering rack needing replacing Darren, and what is worse it was a quick rack on an RA.
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