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    Free play in steering wheel

    First time poster. Just bought an AU1 XR8 and on the drive home I noticed it has a good 5-10 degrees either side of neutral of play in the wheel.
    It's only while driving in a straight line with no play while turning.
    Anyone have an idea what it might be? The column has been replaced, apparently the AU1 had known column issues. (I've only owned an XD before)

    Apologies if this has previously been covered in other posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xr8au1 View Post
    First time poster. Just bought an AU1 XR8 and on the drive home I noticed it has a good 5-10 degrees either side of neutral of play in the wheel.
    It's only while driving in a straight line with no play while turning.
    Anyone have an idea what it might be? The column has been replaced, apparently the AU1 had known column issues. (I've only owned an XD before)
    Apologies if this has previously been covered in other posts.
    Welcome aboard! Sounds like a power steering rack issue, probably due to its age it's worn and showing free play
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    Yeh Norm agree with that.
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    Steering rack is a good place to start. Do you get wheel shudder at speed, like a wheel out of balance?
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    Thanks for the rapid responses,

    No shudder no squeaks or odd noises. If it is power steering rack, is it an expensive repair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xr8au1 View Post
    Thanks for the rapid responses,

    No shudder no squeaks or odd noises. If it is power steering rack, is it an expensive repair?
    Get under and check for leaks or weaping seals, they're not cheap from memory, I'm not even sure if they can have the lash adjusted or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xr8au1 View Post
    Thanks for the rapid responses,

    No shudder no squeaks or odd noises. If it is power steering rack, is it an expensive repair?
    Exchange rack for my old AUII wagon was $1400 fitted including new front struts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road_Warrior View Post
    Exchange rack for my old AUII wagon was $1400 fitted including new front struts.
    Yowwser..!!!!
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    Wowzers! I hope it's not that much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xr8au1 View Post
    Wowzers! I hope it's not that much
    Like I said that was fitted with 2 front struts and a wheel alignment. So the rack by itself wasn't all that cost.

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