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#1 rptaylor


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:14 PM

Hi all,
My son’s 1987 Mini Advantage has a steering issue. When driving straight, the steering wheel is all square at 12 O’Clock, he’ll turn a corner say a right, and when he has straightened up the wheels finds the steering wheel facing 2 O’Clock. Similarly this may happen in the other direction and the steering wheel will end up at 9 O’Clock. The rack is a new one fitted by a garage. Any thoughts as to reason/cause would be very much appreciated.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:29 PM

Mmm, could be one of several things,


Steering rack not clamped up tight to the mount, pinch bolt not tight causing the splines to slip on the column.


Whatever it is stop driving it as its dangerous.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:01 PM

as above don't drive until fixed


get the garage to recover it , if they fitted the rack


sounds like the rack has worked loose in the 'U' clamps (4 nuts on the toe board)


or pinch bolt not tight / incorrectly fitted , less likely is the steering wheel loose on column (I think this would be obvious)


even less likely somehow front subframe loose / mountings failed / moving , when dropped to fit the rack


best of luck


edit - get the garage to check the splines on the bottom of column , are ok - not worn / damaged

Edited by sledgehammer, 11 August 2018 - 06:02 PM.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:17 PM

As Sonikk and Sledgy has suggested, sounds like the U Bolts are loose.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:55 AM

Very many thanks for the replies. I’ll get that checked out straight away.

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