Im getting a little fed up with this car now, I have replaced so many bits but still seem to be having more and more problems with the steering. The car seemed a bit iffy in the wet and I had only had the cars 6 months before so I thought I would treat it to some Eagle F1's. That seemed to help a little but still there was something not right with it. Next was a full set of Bilsteins B4's and new drop links, but still something didn't feel right. I then found that the inner track rods had slight play in them so these have been changed. I have just had the car put on a 4 wheel alignment at Vaxuhall in Telford as when I put the inner/outer track rods the alignment was wrong. Now the steering wheel is bang on center and goes in a perfect straight line ( it pulls a little to the left if you let go of the wheel, but im sure thats just the camber in the road).
The car seems to drive ok and doesnt seem to wonder on its own accord, but my front wheels turn to what I can only describe as shopping trolley wheels when driving over a none perfect tarmac'd road, the front wheels seem so twitchy and as if they are going in different directions. But the odd thing that is happening now is that when the car has been stood for a long time, (when i get in first thing in the morning or when I get in after work) as soon as i move the steering wheel for the first time I feel like a rachet type of movement on the steering wheel, it never does it again until being stood for ages.
This morning I pulled into the garage to check the tyre pressure (which where fine) but when I reversed out of the bay I had to put the steering wheel on full lock (as a car was filing up with petrol behind me), once I had reversed on full lock I put it into first gear and drove forward and turned the steering wheel the other way (as you do) and i felt a longer rachet type movement through the steering wheel, like when it has been stood for ages but rather than maybe 2 or 3 clicks I felt maybe 7 or 8 rachet type movement.
Sorry for the long post but I have no idea what the problem is with this car. Could I have a faulty rack as im a little lost as to what else could be wrong.