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sparky Paul

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What have I done? Sticky steering gone...
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:15:24 PM »
Something interesting has happened to the steering on the Jazz, after some minor work on the car.

What I am talking about here is the sticky, notchy steering feel which afflicts many older Jazzes, rather than the vague, wooly feeling and the lack of centreing, which is a characteristic of the Jazz steering and suspension set up. Ours has been similarly afflicted, however I have found this mostly tolerable, though there are times when it can become an irritation. I have noticed this has been getting steadily worse since last year.

As I think I have mentioned before, it has also occurred to me that the problem occurs more so once the engine is warm, the steering always feels perfectly okay when the car is stone cold. After driving 10 miles or so, the problem appears.

Anyway, some time ago, I acquired a nearly new steering wheel to replace the rather tatty object on our high miles Jazz. A few days ago, I thought I would change it, and all went without problem and the new steering wheel looks great. However, there has been a rather unexpected side effect - the sticky steering has gone. I didn't drive the car after changing the steering wheel, but my other half asked what I had done to fix the steering, and today I have driven over 60 miles and the steering feels perfect.

So, what have I done, or disturbed? It all sounds rather unlikely, but it's a strange coincidence, if that's what it is. The only thing I can think of during this procedure that may have affected the steering rack in any way is the shock you have to give the old steering wheel to release it from the splines, it takes a bit of thumping upwards to free the splines.

In any case, the problem appears to be completely fixed, at the moment. If it will return, I do not know, but I'll keep you updated.

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Re: What have I done? Sticky steering gone...
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 07:22:53 AM »
Well done. Any repair intended or otherwise is worth doing! It was maybe a sticky top bush.

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Re: What have I done? Sticky steering gone...
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2018, 08:39:09 AM »
Well done. Any repair intended or otherwise is worth doing! It was maybe a sticky top bush.

It's all a bit bizarre, and totally unexpected. I can't take any credit for it, as whatever I did was completely unintended. The only other stuff I did the same day were clean the EGR valve and replace the n/s front droplink, but I can't imagine how either of those could have had any effect.

It always felt to me like a lack of lubrication in the steering column somewhere, the best way I can describe it is like turning a shaft in a tight, dry rubber bush - but it only occurs after 10 miles or so, when everything in the engine bay will have warmed up, and particularly when you have held a particular steering position for 5-10 seconds. I did wonder if thumping the shaft upwards has moved it, taking pressure off something, either on the column, or inside the rack.

It would be nice to understand what's happened. What about all those who have spent s on a new rack to fix this problem?
« Last Edit: May 18, 2018, 12:23:16 PM by sparky Paul »

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