HAD TOP MOUNTS AND TRACKING DONE. STEERING FEELS A BIT STIFF.
I HAVE A FORD KA 1.3, 2001. I WENT TO KWIK FIT ( WISH I HADN'T NOW!!!) AS MY HANDBRAKE LIGHT WAS FLASHING ON THE DASHBOARD, THEY SAID I NEEDED NEW BRAKES AND DISCS. SO HAD THEM DONE. MY STEERING DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT, I WENT BACK 4 TIMES, THEY THEN SAID THAT I NEEDED NEW TOP MOUNTS AS MINE WERE RATTELING AND LOOSE, NOW MY STEERING FEELS A BIT STIFF. IT JUST DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT, OR LIKE IT USED TO. i have a ford ka, not focus, but couldn't find my make on the lsit of cars.
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Its apossibility that when you got new top strut mountings fitted it might be fact that it will be like new & you are not used to it also not having power steering you might be feeling the effects what i would suggest you do is continue to drive itnormal & see if it eases of if this doesn't sound like problem & stiff through column or steering rack let me know because not been able to feel it its hard to tell thank you.
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a vibration felt through the throttle pedal would suggest to me a suspension issue , these type of symptoms are sometime hard to trace but your doing the right things ,make sure the new tyres are balanced correctly and i'd have the steering tracking checked at the same time, it could be drive train related but i'd get the suspension mountings/bush's , top/bottom ball joints , even engine mountings checked as your feeling it through the pedal , how is the steering, is it affected by this vibration? keep me posted if you wish
Check all your engine mounts, including the dog bone at the top front of the motor. One way is to put it in neutral or park, securely chock the wheels, handbrake on, and have someone rev the motor while you look for excessive movement in the motor itself and its mountings.
Also your steering rack mounts while you are at it. This can be done by having someone firmly wind the steering wheel back and forth (ignition key in and on ACC) while you inspect the movement allowed by the rack mounts.
You are possibly low on power steering fluid. Check the reservoir and top it up as needed. You will need to do this again after a short while, as air works its way out of the pipes. Then you should think about why it got low to start with. It is possible the power steering gear has sprung a leak somewhere. A common place for that is the steering rack end seals.
This is really annoying, happens with most Defenders, but is easily fixed. It is the steering damper. They are never strong enough. Best solution is to fit an additional damper onto the track rod. Remove the track rod protection bracket from under the rear of the front diff, fit a heavier track rod and mount an additional damper on the track rod. The other end of the damper is mounted on the rear of the diff (where the protection bracket was removed). Land Rover specialists such as MR Automotive in Brisbane will send you the required parts. You won't regret doing it!
on the top of your steering box is a 5/8 nut with a flat head screw in the center,,, loosen the nut and tighten the screw, if screw is too tight steering will be stiff dont forget to tighten the nut when done. also check tie rod ends, pitman arm and center link
if wheel is offline then the person who done the tracking is responsable and take the car back to them and get them to put it right .the correct way is to adjust each track rod end a little bit not all the adjustment on one track end ,which throws out the wheel alignment .this means that you lose steering lock on one side .THIS IS COWBOY BODGE JOB .If they cant or wont put it right then take it to someone who can and report them to the office of fair trading and make a legal claim for the job to be put right
your tracking settings correct its zero eighth toe out the problem you have got is either they havn,t done the tracking correct by linning the front wheels with the back wheels or they have lined it up with your back wheels but the geometry on your back wheels is out so when the front is lined up with the back it automaticly knocks your front out of line it all depends on the tracking device they have used but a good mechanic would have noticed this and told you and wouldn,t have sent it out if the cars still pulling to one side did they check your cambers as these will cause the car to pull to one side as would set back onyour front wheels if its more 2.5cm how good is the bloke the did your tracking ? what you can do is the basics check your tyre presures then swop your front wheels over as sometimes if your tracking has been out it wears the tyres uneven then when tracking is put right it pulls to that side swapping the wheels cures this