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Postby micktheshed on Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:55 pm

Her's a good one for home mech's to try....Been to vx to have suspension hights re-set (gt improvement handling) & queried 10mm sideways movement of steering wheel. Quoted me £600+ for new columb & £58 to adjust stg. box. What a laugh we had....what a con! Told them to get a life. Now you know why I hate garages.
Adjusted box in 10 mins. Took 20mins. to discover triangular flange on columb with 3 x 6mm studs/nuts to hold it together (or rather 3 studs & only 1 loose nut!!!!). This is positioned below ign. sw. level & difficult to see, but easily felt. Fitted 2 new nuts, tightened existing one...now solid as a rock & £658+ better off.
Even better, exactly the same fault on my daughter's 2.5td so now saved £1316+ for 1 hours work. If only I could get a job on this rate.
May be coincidence that both Frontys built around june/july 97 or perhaps it was tea-break time half way through build?
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Postby stu on Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:26 am

i think its reasonably common on the frontys .mine is the same . :oops: :oops:
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Postby Drift on Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:45 am

:shock: £1316 you could buy another car :shock:
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Postby stu on Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:20 am

mine might be going for £1400.
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Postby nitromotor on Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:42 am

The thing is, dealerships/ big garages will be tempted to quote for worse case scenario, A to get rid of you (no profit in it for them) and B because some customers know how to play the game.
They book it in, report a fault ask for a price, book it in, pay the money, then return every week or so with subsequent problems that the garage failed to cure or had coursed by there fix.
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Postby micktheshed on Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:58 pm

what realy bothered me is that chief mech. insisted new columb was required. Surely he should have known of this 'common' problem & its easy fix. Profit comes first no doubt!!!!!
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Postby I Live For FOG on Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:28 pm

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Re: loose steering columb

Postby kingcotch on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:05 pm

Hi there! I'm having the same issue (i think???)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2L_Ztm3TKs

Not my video and this is Frontera mk1 i believe i can't get steering housing off as one of the screws has a rounded hear and screwdriver doesn't bit. what is the easy fix for this?
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby mickh on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:56 pm

Drill the head off the screw and remove cover, you will then be able to get the screw out with a pair of pliers. To tighten those bolts use a small chisel or dot punch and hammer and tap them round.
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby jmc on Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:06 pm

interesting reading thanks for posting.
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby jimmybhoy on Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:05 pm

mines the same, been on list of things to do, probably still be sayin that as i go through bush
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby vauxsqueeks on Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 pm

yup, the bolts holding this on are sheer security bolts, but use a small hack saw and cut a straight line through it, use a large flat blade screwdriver to undo and remove. or grinder or bolt remover tool, hammer chisel - what ever

goto Halfords / local hardware store and buy 4 m8 bolts and tighten down with a 10mm socket ( I think, cant remember, just remove 1 then match with the same size standard bold and tighten with a socket / spanner ).

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Re: loose steering columb

Postby 4x4lover1 on Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi before I post this I've just gone out to car and notice mine has play as well just lookedthe mot and it says top mount bearing on steering wheel play mmmmmmm confuse what you think
Mot says steering g column top bearing slightly worn what do I buy any links to help me out or guides
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby mickh on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:08 pm

Try tightening it up as the post above before buying anything for it.
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Re: loose steering columb

Postby 4x4lover1 on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:45 pm

Hi is that the security bolts there on about that need cutting ? To righting them up first
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