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    So you have had the pug in for front end work. Tie rod replaced. Cars back and feeling good, secure and on rails again. But you take a country trip 800km and at the end somethings off. The car feels insecure in curves at highway speeds. The steering seems sloppy and the car reacts by woosely swerving like a drunk person. It tends to track down longitudinal grooves in the tar when once it would ignore them. What do you think is wrong? No prizes but answer tomorrow.
    Remember my post about changing spot light bulbs and seeing Kangaroos in the bush? The next night I hit one. Driving past many at less than 80kph on a 110 road and a big bugger comes at me from the side. Braked to about 60 and bang! New non gen head light on way for $129 and my brother can panelbeat and paint so a trip from Sydney to Maroochydore QLD sometime this year!
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    I suggest the tow-in is out. Get a steering geometry check -- even though the previous mob should have done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaw View Post
    Remember my post about changing spot light bulbs and seeing Kangaroos in the bush? The next night I hit one. Driving past many at less than 80kph on a 110 road and a big bugger comes at me from the side. Braked to about 60 and bang!
    Maybe you should have been doing 120 and you would have been too quick for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel Moore View Post
    I suggest the tow-in is out. Get a steering geometry check -- even though the previous mob should have done that.

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    Yes definately towing out. If it's that bad it should be visable. Not sure why it would take 800kms to show up, it should have been noticable first road test.
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    Something is coming loose by the sounds of it. DON'T DRIVE IT without checking the tie-rods and ball joints. The fact it drove well and is slowly getting worse says something important is going to let go sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Hall View Post
    It's the big roos moving out from the side that get you.
    Yep, happened to my uncle years ago too.

    Towing his newly made plywood caravan behind an FJ ute in outback SA, a 'roo bounded across the road as Norm went past only to have it crash through the side of the van & exit through the rear!
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    So the answer to the handling issue was the drivers side rear tire was down to about 15 psi. Remember Peugeots are build from the Michelins up..... pumped up the tire and handle issue solved. I once drove for at least 100KM in QLD on a flat passenger side rear tire... over hills sweeping curves and did not notice it... until I slowed to 50mkph in a small town.... tire destroyed in a smoking pile of rubber..... amazing thing the 306

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    I wouldn't have guessed that. Even though I didn't post, I had the same though as some others, as something was happening slowly. I was thinking a steering component slowly un-screwing changing the alignment. Now that you have mentioned it, the slowly leaking tyre fits the symptoms.

    It was a clever conundrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaw View Post
    So the answer to the handling issue was the drivers side rear tire was down to about 15 psi. Remember Peugeots are build from the Michelins up..... pumped up the tire and handle issue solved. I once drove for at least 100KM in QLD on a flat passenger side rear tire... over hills sweeping curves and did not notice it... until I slowed to 50mkph in a small town.... tire destroyed in a smoking pile of rubber..... amazing thing the 306
    Sounds like an on dash tyre pressure monitoring system my be a good investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaw View Post
    What do you think is wrong? No prizes but answer tomorrow.
    Only time I had similar was when the wheel nuts came loose because I hadn't torqued them after dropping the car off the jack.


    So what is the answer??? The day is nearly over

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    Uneven pressures of the front tyres will cause a 'pull' to one side.
    Uneven pressures in the rear ones cause 'yawing' from side to side -- as well as wear in the diff unit.
    Even though you've solved the problem, it might be a good idea to check the front hubs for excessive freeplay.

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    So the answer to the handling issue was the drivers side rear tire was down to about 15 psi as I posted above but back in Sydney I took the car to the mechanic still unhappy with the feel. He kindly made up a flattened aluminium tube to vacuum the dead locusts from between the radiator and the aircon condenser and found why my steering wheel has stared to shack at low speed. One of the bolts holding the steering arm on had worked loose and was about to fall out. Sheesh! So car back to new, handling on rails and tight as a bug in a rug
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    Something is coming loose by the sounds of it. DON'T DRIVE IT without checking [everything]. The fact it drove well and is slowly getting worse says something important is going to let go sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armidillo View Post
    Shane rests his case...
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