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  • [Corsa C 2000-2006] Corsa Comfort 1.0 2001 issue

    I recently bought a Corsa Comfort 1.0 2001. It's mileage is low, less than 30000; it has a good service book having been regularly serviced.
    Within city roads no problem , even though not brilliant. Once I go to A or M roads , there are problems. At speeds more than 40 miles, the steering is not stable when changing lanes or applying brakes to reduce speed, the car swerves a bit, and due to my holding the steering it comes back on course. The steering wheel is about few degrees, about 5 degrees let us say, to the right at zero speed. When I start the car, it makes some cracking noises as if some metal is touching another. The swerving is acute when going down a slope, while going up a slope it is more stable. Is it a problem connected with the Electric controls of the steering system. There are instructions in the internet for fixing issues of Corsa EPS is caused by the torque sensing mechanical components. Is it all or is some other things needs to be looked into ?

    I am in Renfrewshire, any good mecahnics or vauxhall centres in Renfrewshire or Glasgow who can fix this and anyone recommended?

    Thanks for any answers

  • #2
    Originally posted by Vijvan View Post
    I recently bought a Corsa Comfort 1.0 2001. It's mileage is low, less than 30000; it has a good service book having been regularly serviced.
    Within city roads no problem , even though not brilliant. Once I go to A or M roads , there are problems. At speeds more than 40 miles, the steering is not stable when changing lanes or applying brakes to reduce speed, the car swerves a bit, and due to my holding the steering it comes back on course. The steering wheel is about few degrees, about 5 degrees let us say, to the right at zero speed. When I start the car, it makes some cracking noises as if some metal is touching another. The swerving is acute when going down a slope, while going up a slope it is more stable. Is it a problem connected with the Electric controls of the steering system. There are instructions in the internet for fixing issues of Corsa EPS is caused by the torque sensing mechanical components. Is it all or is some other things needs to be looked into ?

    I am in Renfrewshire, any good mecahnics or vauxhall centres in Renfrewshire or Glasgow who can fix this and anyone recommended?

    Thanks for any answers
    Steering could be wheel alignment issue

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    • #3
      I am not an expert, but I would say its more likely physical damage than an electronics problem. The car may have been kerbed or hit a pot hole etc , which could bend a steering arm causing tracking issues, or physically damage the steering rack, suspension etc. Its a safety issue. I would have the car inspected by an expert asap.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bugman View Post
        I am not an expert, but I would say its more likely physical damage than an electronics problem. The car may have been kerbed or hit a pot hole etc , which could bend a steering arm causing tracking issues, or physically damage the steering rack, suspension etc. Its a safety issue. I would have the car inspected by an expert asap.
        Yeah adding to bugman statement. If ur like a lot of people. If you know / have the means to jack up a car I would do so and I spect things. Make sure they match on either side. Anything not correct or not sure take a picture and upload here for others to see.

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        • #5
          Thanks guys or your views. I am not a DIY man in these matters. Under speeds below 35 miles, no problem, starting or changing gears, reversing, turning, etc. Only at speeds of more than 40 miles, the problem comes up. It has been serviced in April.

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          • #6
            Based on your problem. Getting regular servicing is neither here or there as servicing is more like oil change / spark plug / brake fluid change etc /. You problem does sound.mechanical more like control arms / front suspension etc. But it seems u will need to have front suspension inspected. Which will mean u need to get to a garage or at least have a friend that knows how to jack up a car and look at it

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            • #7
              I'll second (or third...) what's been said above. First thing to do is to get the steering geometry checked - preferably a four wheel alignment check.
              1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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              • #8
                Regarding getting a friend who knows how to jack a car up. That is another possible cause of damage. If the car has been jacked up using steering arms, or even the rack, these are likely to bend or break. It may not be possible to diagnose the problem by a simple visual inspection. Tracking needs to be checked using sophisticated accurate measuring equipment.

                I dont normally advocate 'free alignment checks' as this can be a money spinner for the garage who often subsidise the 'free' check by charging a lot of labour to make tiny adjustments that may not really be necessary. But in this case it might be worth going to a 'stop and steer' specialist who do free checks. Preferably one who who do mot's as well. But tell them about the symptoms you are having. If by chance the tracking is ok,or they only make a small relatively insignificant adjustment you do not want them to ignore other possibilities, or charge you for an adjustment that doesnt solve the problem.

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                • #9
                  Id also get the wheels balanced, the wobble at speeds is usually from unbalanced wheels
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                  • #10
                    In Kwik-Fit, I changed the front wishbone, Tie rod and Wheel alignment at 280 quid. The ride is smooth now.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for letting us know the result. It can help others with a similar problem. Sounds like the car may have taken a heavy kerbing/pothole hit. It might be worth checking that your spare wheel and tyre are undamaged.

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                        • #13
                          Well you know what I've said in the past about Kwik-Fit - and indy workshop would have been half the price (and they'd get the bits in the right place.)
                          1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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