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STEERING RACK PLAY

onyx84
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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby onyx84 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:35 pm

I got all new bushings in the front, two years ago the rack was overhauled (sealings...), good tyres...and so on.
And I still feel a little tram lining and slack in the steering.
I guess you know what I mean.

Thats really annoying.
'89 4litre Sovereign in Regency red

XJ40-MARK
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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby XJ40-MARK » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:34 pm

have the vee-mounts been changed at all?
from what i`m aware, tram-lining can come from a few sources, vee-mounts, suspension bushes even down to tyre brand/size apparently. i read about a few that have just change tyres and the issue had gone.

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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby MagicDoormouse » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:50 pm

Vee mounts for sure!
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onyx84
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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby onyx84 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:22 am

Everything is in top condition in that area.
Have a look at me thread "My very first Jaguar" in the menbers car section.

http://xj40.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=690

Got a fully rebuilt front subframe/suspension in my car ;-)
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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby MagicDoormouse » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Nice!
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1994 Sovereign Silver
1993 Daimler (Parkhouse)
1990 XJR Solent
1993 Daimler Double 6
1993 XJR Flamenco
1991 XJS V12
1976 Capri 3.0 V6

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Re: STEERING RACK PLAY

Postby XJ4081 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:39 pm

This is a old thread but I think it gives the right explanation for the issues I am facing with my steering and the inability to adjust it correctly.

When my Jag has been parked over night (so it is completely cold), I can turn the steering wheel maybe 1,5-2 inches without having the tires actually move, this is accompanied by a nasty rubberish squeaking from the steering column/rack. When the car has been driven for maybe a mile, that play has gone, it's like the steering rack gets fixated again at an (un)certain position. And that explains why several times the steering wheel was perfectly centered after a professional 4-wheel alignment and the very next day it wasn't centered anymore!

I still think it is a little strange that the steering rack play can only be detected when the car is cold, but maybe the heat from the engine somehow reactivates the steering rack brackets bond.

I have been looking through various parts catalogues, but I cannot find these brackets or any kind of bonding related to the steering rack. The steering racks themselves only have the mounting points, so I think simply replacing the steering rack (which in my case is in very good condition) would not solve the issue, would it? I found a supplier for the aforementioned STEERING RACK BUSH REPAIR KIT, but I am wondering if this is really a longlasting solution?

Oliver
1993 XJ12