Loss of Self Centring Steering

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#1 Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by panamacarrera » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:42 am

Hi folks

Since installing my rebuilt engine the steering has lost most of its self centring.

Has anyone had similar problems? What's the cause? What's the fix?

Thank you

Nigel
'71 S3 OTS
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#2 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by mgcjag » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:05 am

Hi Nigel....Castor angle....was it just engine you removed and replaced or have you done anything to suspension..Steve
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#3 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by panamacarrera » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:10 pm

mgcjag wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:05 am
was it just engine you removed and replaced or have you done anything to suspension.
New shocks, that's all Steve
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#4 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by mgcjag » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:25 pm

I would check that the steering is not rubbing or catching on anything....also check out suspension geometry...just removing or replaceing an engine should have no effect on steering self centering.....double check the shocks..no reason they should cause a problem...but i dont know what they are..replace old if you still have them and see what happens...Steve
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#5 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by Paul Buckley » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:23 pm

When my car was returned to me after re-commissioning I had the same problem.
I moved the caster angle to maximum as per the Jaguar specs and it improved a great deal.
However, it is still not as it was and I wonder if the problem lies within the steering column, which had been removed.
Something I will have to address this winter.
But the car is now drivable, if not perfect.
Paul

1972 S3 OTS, 32k mls, a survivor.

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#6 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by politeperson » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:58 pm

I had this happen once when the lower ball joints were replaced by our local alignment place.

Turned out they had not fitted any shims at all. The 4 bolts were tightening the block against the ball!

Shims reinserted, self centering returned with lighter steering.
James

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#7 Re: Loss of Self Centring Steering

Post by lowact » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:42 am

My car came with a reco'd steering rack. It was hard to drive in a straight line. I found the piston O-ring had been nicked, tell-tale was hydraulic oil in one of the boots. New seal kit fixed it.
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