[xj40] Query from an X300 owner-Steering

Hi All,

I am having intermittent steering problems on my 97 XRJ. I
am wondering in you might have some insights into this
issue as posted on the X300 list:

My intermittent steering problems continue. The steering
feels stiff when I turn to the right. This is intermittent
as I said and it sometimes goes for 4 or 5 days with no
problems and then re-occurs.

My local independent Jag repairman wants to rebuild the rack
for @ $700. But he is not sure the rack is the problem.

Could this be a bushing issue? It is so intermittent.

I leave this car on jacks for 6 months. The jacks are under
the front suspension.

Thanks,

Shell
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61 MK 2- 69 E FHC-97 XJR
La Grange Park, IL, United States
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In reply to a message from Shell Yoelin sent Tue 20 Dec 2011:

Shell…

A little help here … can you give use a little more details on
your problem. What speed does this happen, car cold or warmed up,
is it stiff turning and also stiff when the wheel returns to
straight ahead, and it only happens to the right?

The more info you provide the better your chance of getting this
sorted out.

Your Jag guy wants to rebuild your rack for $700…is he planning
on retiring soon cause that’s a bit pricey. Quality rebuilt racks
(rebuilt by people that do nothing BUT rebuild power steering racks)
run around $350.

If your power steering rack isn’t leaking or chattering then I
doubt that’s your problem.–
Groove
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In reply to a message from Grooveman sent Tue 20 Dec 2011:

Maybe his Jag guy is wanting to buy some nice ocean front
property. $700 does seem like a lot and the Jag guy isn’t
sure if it is the problem.

Try changing your power steering fluid. I use a turkey
baster to draw out the fluid and replace new fluid. Take
the car of a drive and do it again. Depending on how old
and dirty your fluid is you may want to do it three times
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Your Jag guy wants to rebuild your rack for $700…is he planning
on retiring soon cause that’s a bit pricey. Quality rebuilt racks


John 90 XJ40
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In reply to a message from Grooveman sent Tue 20 Dec 2011:

Groove,

The hard right appears at low and medium speeds as we don’t
turn vary far at high speeds. It appears in the first 90
degrees of rotation of the steering wheel and is
intermittent. It does not occur when the steering returns to
center, only upon turning right. I think it is more
prevalent when the car is warm.

The other day I drove about 250 miles and the steering after
that was no problems for 5 days.

I did earlier in November change one leaking steering line
and changed the fluid once.

If this is not a rack problem what else could it be? Since
the problem is always to the right it makes me think that
the pump is good.

My visual inspection of the suspension looks fine.

I do store the car for 6 month on jack stands placed under
the suspension.

Any Ideas?

Thanks!

Shell–
The original message included these comments:

A little help here … can you give use a little more details on
your problem. What speed does this happen, car cold or warmed up,
is it stiff turning and also stiff when the wheel returns to
straight ahead, and it only happens to the right?


61 MK 2- 69 E FHC-97 XJR
La Grange Park, IL, United States
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In reply to a message from Shell Yoelin sent Wed 21 Dec 2011:

Shell…

OK, just running down a couple of things:

Check that the power steering fluid is full. If you can then go
lock to lock on the steering wheel while the car is stationary and
the power steering pump doesn’t leak or make all kind of God awful
noises then I think you can eliminate the pump as the culprit. If
it’s going to misbehave I don’t think it would just pick the time
the steering wheel is turned to the left.

The rack ‘‘could’’ be the problem but the intermittent nature and no
chattering, just resistance, makes me rather doubt it.

Is it possible a front tires is rubbing on the body when your
turning left. Check for wear marks on the wheel arches.

Try swapping your front tires from side to side and look for
abnormal wear.

Now we’re down to bushings, but there would have to be some SERIOUS
wear to cause this, and I don’t think it would be intermittent.–
Groove
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