CITI GOLF STEERING FEELS LOOSE

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CITI GOLF STEERING FEELS LOOSE

Post by Ryandevraj » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:38 pm

Howsit guys

So i need some advise on possible reasons why my steering feels loose and i have to keep correcting when driving the car on the highway. I have replaced the steering rack with a brand new original VW rack from Barons. I have replaced Tierod ends. The guys who did the allignment said my rack ends are still fine and theres no play in it.

Can worn ball joints cause the car to wander? and make the car feel light and loose on the steering.

Any help will be appreciated. :bang: :bang:

The car is a 1988 citi golf 1.8
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Post by Supervan II » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:39 pm

Yes. And worn wheel bearings.
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Post by panic-mechanic » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:51 pm

and a broken hub could.
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Post by missioner » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:03 pm

The knuckle on the steering column is loose or worn.

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Post by PapaJo » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:13 pm

Check the lower control arm rubbers and ensure the rear u-clamp that tightens to the floor board is tight.
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Post by Ryandevraj » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:18 pm

Ok so the check list for this weekend is , ball joints, LCA bushes,steering knuckle and wheel bearings. There is something weird though, after doing the rack it was fine for about a month. I made a turn and heard a "GUNG" type sound then turned the steering again and heard "GUNG". After that the issue started.
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Post by n.gov3 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:40 pm

Did you check the 2 u-shape clamps that lock the steering rack in place, to the car ? Also check the general area that those clamps bolt onto as it may have torn away from the body of the car.
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Post by missioner » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:11 am

Hi is it ok to come back to the conversation?

That "gung" noise I've heard before, it was on a vehicle with bad shock top mounts. The top spring support wasn't turning with the shock and the steering and was locked/siezed to the top mounting that's bolted to the body.

As the steering turns the shock, the spring winds up until it overcomes the tension and jumps/turns inside the strut assembly, "GUNG!"
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Post by Ryandevraj » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:06 pm

This weekend has been rough, I havent had a chance to check anything as I got called in to work. Will check the shock mounts also tomorrow, Thanks guys
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Post by Ryandevraj » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:36 pm

@missioner, to update this post forever days later, you were right it was shock saddles
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Post by Ryandevraj » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:39 pm

There was no bearings, the previous owner literally removed everything, put nuts and then a lock not over. I replaced my steering rack and literally the whole suspension apart from that for nothing
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Post by -=sT3V3=- » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:35 am

On my wifes golf the low ball joints were super old and gave the steering a pretty loose feeling.
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Post by missioner » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:23 am

Ryandevraj wrote:@missioner, to update this post forever days later, you were right it was shock saddles
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Post by Wolf Mk2 16V » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:07 am

missioner wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:03 pm
The knuckle on the steering column is loose or worn.

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