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willskoda
Sun Jul 31 2011, 06:18PM
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Whilst I was out today with the Mrs trying to teach her some manoeuvres the Ka started to make a grinding noise. The noise was coming from within the steering column when the steering wheel was turned either way.

Any ideas anyone?
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Rosie*
Sun Jul 31 2011, 06:20PM
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I have this problem, I took the casing off, as sounded like it was catching, however it still made the noise with it all off, hope this helps, to save you taking it off incase thinking it's that.

I'd like to know what causes it too, never bothered me much, but now it is . Nothing came up about it on service or MOT either..
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willskoda
Sun Jul 31 2011, 06:24PM
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Thanks for that, sounds like you have the exact same noise. I've experienced it once before on a Puma I test drove. It's a bit annoying - you can't have the radio on to cover the noise when your teaching someone to drive!! lol
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Oilysean
Sun Jul 31 2011, 06:34PM
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sounds like something is wrong with the rack. Checked your power steering fluid isn't leaking out causing it to run dry?
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drew
Sun Jul 31 2011, 07:09PM
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i would have said rack too, watch out as alot of garages charge sh*t loads to change these
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*аиđяєа
Sun Jul 31 2011, 07:50PM
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Is it like a scratchy scraping sound that's definitely inside the Ka? If it is, it could be the clockspring behind the steering wheel
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Oilysean
Sun Jul 31 2011, 07:56PM
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^^ not a bad suggestion either. Still wont be cheap.
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Alex'sKa
Sun Jul 31 2011, 09:58PM
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aside from taking the steering column casing off...is there anyway to check either? I have the same kindof noise (though only intermittently)
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Oilysean
Sun Jul 31 2011, 10:01PM
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just take the pinch bolt out of the bottom of the steering column out, then bend up the Universal joint, and turn the steering wheel.
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JohnKa
Sun Jul 31 2011, 10:01PM
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It's really common and very cheap! Hardly even needs replacing, just remove steering wheel (and clock spring)- disconnect battery first so airbag doesn't blow up, give it a good clean and cover with switch lubricant and all will be quiet. (also clean the prongs sticking out of the lights/indicator switch)
The scraping noise is just where dust and dirt has got into the old lubricant and so is scratching on the contacts of the clock spring.
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