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    hi guys,
    picking a vectra ip on thurs afternoon and am concerned about slight free play on the steering wheel. i can only describe this as you can turn the wheel about 10 to 15 degrees before the wheels move or should i say befor you get any reistance from the wheel. is this normal or is the steering pretty precise on the vectra.
    its a 57b plate sri 1.9cdti 150

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    well andy, my `52 sxi is spot on precise, ie no play, have the garage check it out or at least mention it to them coz you should get a warranty with it usually 3 months parts+labour, oh and enjoy the motor!!!

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    well the car still has 15 months manufacturer warranty left on it, but the steering play has me a little worried, because dealer have a habit of telling us that it is normal and ok to drive. i have only paid a deposit of £100 so if it doesnt get sorted i dont buy the car.
    i have owned over 40 cars in my time and have previously worked test driving cars so i know when something just aint right

    andy

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    Move the steering wheel and see if the road wheels move accordingly, if they don't then there is something worn out that needs sorting!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    HOW MANY CARS? i nearly choked on the home brew when you posted that, gawd damn it i thought i got bored of a motor quickly [ usually after 12 months } but 40 wow!!!

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    I'm on my fourth Vectra and have never experienced the sort of free play you're describing. All very precise. Sounds dodgy and even dangerous to me. I'd be totally unnerved if I turned the steering wheel the amount you're saying without any reaction from the wheels.

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    Lad at work had the same problem as you've described on an 07 plate SRi 150 diesel and as the car was due a service he mentioned the free play to the service desk. It turned out be a steering bush and was replaced under warranty. Steering is now as tight as a ducks backside.

    Could be your potential new buy has the same issue.

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    Mine did it at 39k. Had the UJ replaced.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    had model year 07 steering pinch bolt to rack not tightened to correct torque may just need to be tightened

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    i had pinch bolt thing i just turned up at dealer with sloppy steering and said it wasn't safe for my family it was fixed withing 5 mins

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