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I suspect I have a naff rack

knocking mondeo steering problem rack

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#1 Vanadeo

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Posted 07 November 2020 - 11:50 PM

Hi there.

 

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I have seen this a few times, was going to change the track rod ends to see if this would help as I have noticed they are in need of replacing, but I see no movement from them at all that would make this noise..

 

If I jack the front end up no noise If I have either left or right wheel on the ground with one of them jacked up it still makes the noise. noise is more intense in the centre but still happens at any position and I can feel the knock through the wheel and if I grab hold of the tie Rod. The sound resonates from the center rear of the bonnet and seems centralised inside the cabin, either side of the footwells.

 

Interesting thing is, it only does it when the engine is on, so it to me is something to do with the power steering side of the rack?.. Wouldnt mind knowing what actually is going on inside that rack.. Sticking piston or valve or something.. Really bloody annoying and it looks like It'll be a nice priced repair as well. Tried changing the power steering fluid to see if that helps but I only managed a partial flush. Read something about a drain tube on the rack but I have no idea where that would be. Oh and how dangerous is this condition? To be honest I dont feel confident driving it anymore but is it something that needs sorting very soon... or Is it okay to drive it like this for a short while :/ .. Had a mondeo before and that had over 200K on the clock and steered like a dream and that had worn bushings and dying top strut mounts, I feel like I'm fighting this one though.

 

Anyway here is the wonderful noise.

 


Edited by Vanadeo, 07 November 2020 - 11:53 PM.


#2 DavieWeegie

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Posted 08 November 2020 - 12:35 AM

mine has done this for 3 years, tried all the easy fixes, new fluid, new rod ends, greased up steering joint behind the clutch pedal and cleaned and regreased steering shaft compensator, nothing made any difference, only does it when cold and goes away completely when warmed up, cant be bothered changing the rack so I just got used to it.


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#3 Vanadeo

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Posted 08 November 2020 - 12:39 AM

I see.

 

Mine seems to get worse as it warms up xD.. I wish it was same as yours I would live with it then.. just like the gearbox on mine.. Shifts better when warm but its a pig to engage 1st when cold.



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Posted 08 November 2020 - 02:33 AM

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nearly all mondeo mk3 gearboxes were the same, very notchy and stiff when cold, one of the main fixes for this is to use castrol syntrans 75w FE, it made the world of difference to cold shifts on both my mondeos.


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#5 mondy zetecs

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Posted 08 November 2020 - 09:15 AM

Getting same notch on turning steering wheel and hard to engage 1st gear cold 

car is 18yrs old so going to put up with it.  


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#6 Vanadeo

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Posted 08 November 2020 - 02:59 PM

Well did a full flush on it today, steering feels better, still got the clonk and pulling to the left.. Both tracky ends look battered tbh and there is loads of play in them.. grab hold of them and its no effort to twist them round, so thats next thing tomoorrow. Not sure it will cure the clonk but hopefully will help the pull to the left.



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Posted 08 November 2020 - 08:42 PM

As with most Mk3 Mondeos, new steering rack I’m afraid.

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#8 Vanadeo

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 07:20 AM

Did the tracky ends, found out that on the nearside front the coil spring is bust from the bottom.. Interesting find lol but the clonk is defo coming from the rack as I got someone to turn the wheel as I grabbed hold of the rack and the you can feel the whole thing pop. Test is due March next year, see what I plan to do with it then.







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