[DML] Re: I found a new rattle noise - Steering column U joint?
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[DML] Re: I found a new rattle noise - Steering column U joint?

Matt Spittle bought a new steering column stateside from Borgeson (www.borgeson.com), so Borgeson obviously has the DeLorean design in its database. 

Speaking of Borgeson: one of my long term goals is to get Borgeson columns for both my cars modified with flexible steering couplings (rag joints) in the middle. Flexible steering couplings were standard equipment on nearly every car ever built, including the lowly VW Bug, for nearly a century. Surely Borgeson can add standard couplings to DeLorean columns too.

Without a flexible coupling, every single road imperfection is transmitted unimpeded directly to your hands on the steering wheel. That is why nearly every manufacturer used them. My DeLoreans are the only cars in my stable without flexible couplings -- yet another Lotus design flaw IMHO.

Bill Robertson

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Stephen Rice <stevedmc@...> wrote:
> I thought all of my rattles were gone but it looks like I found
> another one.  It appears one of the shift column U joints is making a
> rattling noise.  The good news it Martin sells the whole linkage and
> it isn't too expensive.
> I'm wondering if it might be wise to remove and inspect the steering
> rack for noises as well.  Martin sells a nice rebuild kit however I
> will need to inspect the steering rack for pitting before I spend the
> money on one of his kits.
> The driver side steering rack bushing seems to have a small crack in
> it as well.  I'm not sure if this is making a rattling noise but it
> might be causing noise too.  If I do rebuild the steering rack I will
> probably replace both bushings just because I will already be in
> there.
> Here is a video of the rattle.  Any suggestions or do I seem to be
> correct about the U joint making noise?
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mWuJbOCfs0&list=UUEzDFwV2UrRxYy_6lXifgMA&index=1&feature=plcp
> -- 
> Steve Rice
> #16510


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