UK Auto Repair Questions?
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The heavy steering and gurgling noise would both point to a low fluid level, if the rack and pump have just been replaced it may be that there was an airlock in the system which has now cleared.
To bleed the steering the reservoir should be topped up then with the engine running the steering should be turned fully to one lock then the other, then returned to the central position, this should normally clear any air locks in the system.
It would also be advisable to check for any leaks to ensure that one of the new connections isn't leaking.
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The inner rods may be creaking from the inner joint, this is something that can occur, I would also check the rack mountings are tight, as it has just been changed these can settle in.
I would check the mounts first, but if they are tight then yes I would change to the larger tie rods without the step down.
Do you have the registration number please.
Try this link, CLICK HERE the one listed under the sports suspension should be the one you need.
Also just to add, did you check the U/J on the steering column when the rack was disconnected, these have a habit of seizing up and can give both heavy steering and scaping noise.
Thats ok, if you checked for play you would have felt any stiffness, it would have been resisatnt to move, so that sounds ok.
Hi Yes the recommended steering fluid is Pentosin CHF 202 this is a central hydraulic fluid and green in colour.
Sorry I meant to send the link with the full listing, the full list is on this page CLICK HERE OE numbers are on the site
This one CLICK HERE covers the 19" wheels with sports suspension.
Not as far as I am aware, I have just looked on the vauxhall manual and it looks the same, but no washer shown. It may be worth contacting the supplier, but I have never seen a washer fitted.
Hi I think it may be a better option, they will be a little more expensive, but as it is the VXR you do want it right, if it was a little 1200 Astra it would be a different matter, but for your 2.0 VXR you do want it to be correct.
Who's phone number are you looking for?
The dealer in your area is ***** ***** parts phone number 0141(###) ###-####/p>
They should be able to help you.
Your welcome. I hope all goes well, you have a nice motor I can see why you want it right.