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Old 26th September 2010, 11:39   #1
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Default 800 steering rattles

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my 97'800's (done 33,380 kms) steering rattles while driving over uneven surfaces. I had recently got my front suspension overhauled and had replaced same with new struts and lower suspension kits (lower arms,ball joints etc).So what could be the problem with the steering.

Could it be related to the steering coulmn or to the steering rack.I don't have much problem turning the steering, however i found it to be hard after the suspension work and had asked the alignment guys to loosen it up a bit.

I hope the rattling won't cause any safety issues with the car.

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Old 26th September 2010, 23:21   #2
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Before the suspension work did it rattled.?
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Before the suspension work did it rattled.?
Nopes,it didn't not like it does now.
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By ball joints, i guess you meant tie rod ends. Are those fitted original ones.
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By ball joints, i guess you meant tie rod ends. Are those fitted original ones.
The kit had the name Rane.

Link to same is here

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post1697510 (Maruti 800 Suspension Overhaul Cost)

I understand these might not be originals but what's done is done and changing the same again will be expensive.All i can do is now to avoid the garage where i got the work done, but would these be the cause of the rattle.

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I guess it could be due to worn steering bushes and steering rod ends (probably tie rod ends). Get the steering rods checked, also get the bearing in the steering column checked.
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SO you changed tie rods ends and rods. It looks something like following.
Its part of steering mechanism.

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Rane does makes steering and its components. But maruti Oem are made by Sona. which is very good.

Go to another reliable garage and get their opinion.
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Better check for Worn steering rack bush if that worn out or cracked it will create rattling noise even on the smallest of undulations.
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I strongly suspect the steering column/rack. Rack bushes can be fixed by an expert in Lathe workshop. Otherwise you need to replace it. This will not cause safety issues.
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Default Problem Solved.

Hello,

I was able to get the issue fixed.i was under the impression it was gonna cost big bucks to fix but it turns out the problem was just with rivets which had loosend and caused the steering to rattle.

All it took was the right set of tool, a firm hand and 50 bucks to set the steering right again.It feels good and nice and solid once again.

Thanks to all you guys for your replies.
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