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Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:35 pm
by Destiny
Cabby 216. K reg.
Just pulling into driveway and turning to park up, the steering wheel went extremely, overly light. While still turning the wheels.
Stationary , it is the same. There is no noise or clunking.
My Mechanic is a bit flumuxed so any help would be appreciated.
Maybe nothing to do with it but i had two new front tyres fitted the day before.

Many thanks

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:02 pm
by 1234dist
Steering rack on its way out

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:48 pm
by Johnny 216GSi
1234dist wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:02 pm
Steering rack on its way out
Either that or your new tyres have been extremely over-inflated. That makes the steering light - but you'd have to have them seriously over-inflated to feel it - say 10psi-15psi over the recommended pressure at least. I suppose if your old ones were under-inflated by 10psi (never attended to or never checked, the pressure will easily drop 10psi over time) and your new ones are over-inflated by 5-10psi you'd feel the difference.

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:58 pm
by richard moss
Honda steering racks on 827s are prone to this - and as an early 216, it will have a Honda engine and Honda steering rack

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:22 pm
by GTiJohn
The steering rack on Honda-engined R8 200s, 400s and Concertos is exactly the same part.

The problem usually causing the steering to go light instantly is the breakage of the internal 'C' spring at the top of the steering pinion that gives the rack its 'Positive Centre Feel' feature.

Unfortunately it means a replacement rack...

(Richard is correct in that 800s suffer from the same problem but not that it was on 827s, that had Honda's speed proportional system)

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:00 am
by richard moss
Thanks for the correction - I'm a bit out of touch after 10 years without a Rover of my own :(

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:37 am
by GTiJohn
richard moss wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:00 am
Thanks for the correction - I'm a bit out of touch after 10 years without a Rover of my own :(
I have history with these systems :wink3

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:00 pm
by Destiny
Thank you for all that information :)

Yes it has Honda engine etc.

I know it isn't the tyre thing as they are at correct pressure and it was quite a dramatic shift in steering.

So Steering rack looks like the problem. At least now we have experienced knowledge to work with. I shall pass this onto my mechanic.

Many thanks, it is very much appreciated :)

Destiny

Re: Steering suddenly went extremely light.

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:01 pm
by 1234dist
Now the hard part, finding the replacement.