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    right guys,

    what does it mean when you are sitting still in the car and move the steering left and right and get a knocking noise on each turn?

    im hoping its not the steering rack!

    their also feels a little play in the steering ..

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    Does it happen with the engine off?

    If it does, it's probably the universal joint on the steering column, the one on my old Vec B had worn, so it made a clunk when you wiggled the wheel left and right.

    Or do you mean it's clunking as you rotate the wheel completely?

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    I've not tried it with the engine off. But its just when I turn the steering wheel. I was hoping it would be that. I just. thought I would see what you guys thought first.

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    hj mate..were the column attaches to the rack there is a 10mm bolt head on the uni joint just nip it up.... may only take less than 1/4 of a turn..better done when engine cool!!!!!!!!!!! HTH

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    would that cause the free play i feel?

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    almost certainly.... did my friends 57 plate sri about 2 weeks ago

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    ??Strut top bearing...place your hand on the strut top ,and get a mate to turn steering wheel, you'll feel it if it's the bearing gone,easy ish job to do.

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    both bearing where changed less than a year ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big tee View Post
    hj mate..were the column attaches to the rack there is a 10mm bolt head on the uni joint just nip it up.... may only take less than 1/4 of a turn..better done when engine cool!!!!!!!!!!! HTH

    Well the problems described by the OP were exactly what I was experiencing for around ten days.
    All of a sudden the steering seemed to have play when moving the steering wheel side to side.
    Yes it was the pinch bolt on the bottom of the column that needed nipping up, job done and all play gone!

    Glad I searched through the forum looking for a fix

    So if your steering feels a little loose try the above first, nothing to loose.

    Mick

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    ??Strut top bearing...place your hand on the strut top ,and get a mate to turn steering wheel, you'll feel it if it's the bearing gone,easy ish job to do.
    I feel sure the top bearings on my Vecy have gone, just like you say macdad. question is , can i get away with just replacing the bearing or should i replace the whole top fitting, at much more expense.??

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