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Old 01-29-2002, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Disco Steering Probs

My buddy has a 97 Disco (Series I) and it is having steering problems. Whenever he turns to the left or right, the steering wheel sticks, any clues as to what it might be?

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Old 01-29-2002, 07:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be a bad pump, although failures are rare...Most likely the problem is the box and worn seals...Probably blowing by at full lock.
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Old 01-29-2002, 07:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How the PS fluid? Sounds like the box shot and or the pump is out.

These guys have rebuilt units at ~50% less than the dealer.

http://www.meridianautoparts.com/
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Old 01-29-2002, 08:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the steering fluid is full
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Old 01-29-2002, 08:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When you say sticks what do you mean? Does it just not come back to center or does it not move at all even if you try to move it back to center? Just wondering has he replaced the steering damper or checked it recently?
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when he turns it to the right (for instance) finishes the turn, the wheel sticks. It can be moved, but it doesn't center itself. Haven't replaced anything yet. Everything else seems to be doing fine
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might be a long shot, but maybe the steering stabilizer got dinged up?

I'm betting on the pump being shot/belt being loose.

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I was just wondering.. I have heard that this has happend when people have replaced their dampner with a Bilstien one.
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OHH BOY here we go again!

For the record I use a Rancho stabilizer!
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Old 01-30-2002, 02:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Could be a lot of things be really do need more information.

Does it only stick when he gets to full lock and then trys to return or does it stick at any position when he trys to return to centre.

Does the wheel only get sticky at the one steering position or does it randomly change.

Im thinking that it could be a siezed steering u-joint. When these things begin to seize they give some funny reactions.

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Old 01-30-2002, 05:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Highly unlikely it is the box or pump. More likely the dented stabilizer (replace) or the steering U-joint (lube/replace).

But I have been wrong before

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Another couple possibilities..

Steering wheel rubbing on the steering column. My 90 does this and it can be annoying sometimes.

Also, bearing going in the steering shaft somewhere, possibly in the steering column.. Any noises evident there?

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I agree, check the steering stabalizer. This also happened to me once when I bent my drag link, check that too.

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Old 01-31-2002, 05:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thumbs up

well, it was the stabilizer, checked into it and it was dented. Drives like a champ now. We replaced it with an OME stab

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