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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This isn't a good year for the Cav. After replacing the alternator and the exhaust (full replacement :( ) my ears are ringing.

I drove from Essex to the Lake District and back this week, as well as Essex to Bradford this weekend.

The problem?

Whenever I turn the steering wheel to the right, at speed (above 25mph normally) I have a horrible grating / crunching sound. I don't think I can feel this through the steering wheel.

Being pretty stuffed to get the car home from Bradford, I carried on driving. I'm fairly certain the crunching has developed a nasty whining sound as well.

My thoughts so far are; CV joint or wheel bearing.

Any ideas guys?
 

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Check your o/s track rod / radial arm joints!

If your CV joint was the problem you would normally hear a clicking noise on turning and wheel barings normally produce a rumbling noise.
 

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If you've just had the exhaust changed it could well be the exhaust moving when cornering and touching somthing (heatshield ect) You'd be suprised at the noise this can make.
 

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I had a brief look under the car when the noise started, but couldn't see anything obvious. Shall have to check that again.

It is really weird; I drove up to Bradford fine, but then driving back, it literally started almost immediately.

I'll have to get it jacked tomorrow and have a look around at the radial arms as well then.

No clicking and it definately doesn't sound like a low rumble either.

Cheers guys :)
 

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Did you renew the rubber for the exhaust hangers? could have picked somethingup in the brake disc plate too. had that..
 

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The hangers seemed to be fine to me, so I didn't bother replacing them.

Braking doesn't seem any different to normal, nor do I get any weird noises, even when braking whilst turning.
 

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i know you said you couldnt feel it in the steering, but a look at the joint at the bottom of the steering colunm might be worth a look. seen them go T*ts up before.
 

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Anti-Roll Bar

Well, got it up on a jack just now.

The anti-roll bar connects to the lower suspension arm with a bolt / bush arrangement.

Except it doesn't on the right hand side anymore - the bolt has disappeared, along with the bush.

The noise I can hear is being caused by the (now loose) anti-roll bar scraping against the axle...

Am I now going to have to replace the entire anti-roll bar, or can I just replace the bolt / bush arrangement on the end?
 

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common problem mate, buy 2 and do the other one too if you havent already. theyre cheep as fook and easy to change.
 

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That was for two; need to get back on the road tonight so I'd rather pay now and get it sorted. If I had more time, I'd probably spend more time looking.
 

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That was for two; need to get back on the road tonight so I'd rather pay now and get it sorted. If I had more time, I'd probably spend more time looking.
ah well, needs must and all that. at least you got to the route of your prob quickly!!:Cool2:
 

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Sorted :D

Tell ya what though, getting the linkage off was a bloody nightmare; the damn nut felt as if it was welded onto the thread!

Fitting the new linkage must've taken about 5 minutes though, which is damn good :)
 
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