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Vauxhall Chevette
Steering trouble shooter

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Fault Cause Cure
Steering feels stiff 1. Low tyre pressures 1. Correct tyre pressure.
2. Incorrect wheel alignment 2. Correct wheel alignment.
3. Stiff track rod end joints 3. Check and replace if necessary.
4. Steering rack needs adjustment 4. Adjust if necessary.
Steering wheel shake 1. Wheel nuts loose 1. Check nut tightness
2. Wheels and tyres need balancing 2. Balance as necessary.
3. Tyre pressures incorrect 3. Correct.
4. Incorrect wheel alignment 4. Correct alignment.
5. Wheel hub nut loose 5. Adjust wheel beings.
6. Wheel bearings damaged 6. Replace wheel bearings.
7. Front suspension distorted 7. Check, repair or replace.
8. Steering rack needs adjustment 8. Adjust as necessary.
9. Shock absorbers faulty 9. Check and rectify.
Steering pulls to one side 1. Uneven tyre pressure 1. Correct.
2. Wheel alignment incorrect 2. Correct.
3. Wheel bearings worn or damaged 3. Replace and adjust.
4. Brakes caliper seized 4. Overhaul/replace caliper
5. Shock absorbers faulty 5. Check and rectify.
6. Suspension distorted 6. Check and rectify.
7. Steering rack worn 7. Adjust or replace.
Wheel tramp (front and shake at speed) 1. Over-inflated tyres 1. Correct pressure.
2. Unbalanced tyre and wheel 2. Check and balance if necessary.
3. Defective shock absorber 3. Check and rectify.
4. Defective tyre 4. Repair or replace.
Abnormal tyre wear 1. Incorrect tyre pressure 1. Check pressures.
2. Incorrect wheel alignment 2. Check wheel alignment.
3. Excessive wheel bearing play 3. Adjust wheel bearings.
4. Improper driving 4. Avoid sharp turning at high speeds, rapid starting and braking, etc.
Tyre noises 1. Improper tyre inflation 1. Correct tyre pressures.
2. Incorrect wheel alignment 2. Correct wheel alignment.


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