took my car to kwickfit the other day to try and get the wheels aligned properly, which they said they couldn't do because the car was to low for the machine.
anyway the guy had a look over my front suspension and steering, it really didn't feel right. after inspecting everything he told me that the suspension was set up completly wrong and needed to be striped. also the tie rod ends were fitted to the wrong sides and a whole load of other stuff.
he also said that i might have a crack in the bulk head as when i was turning the steering wheel left to right for him to look around he noticed that the pedels were moving quite a lot. so i stripped the suspension down and put everything back together properly and put two new rod ends on (the right ones on the right side this time), now the car feels 100% better the steering is right and the ride hight has been raised about 1/2 an inch maybe more. (their wasnt any trust washers and the top of the spring seat was fitted upside down), but their is still the slightest bit of movment in the pedels when turning the steering wheel left to right on the spot.
what can i do to confirm this is the bulkhead without pulling all the dash and sound deadening out? also if it is the bulkhead whats the likleyhood of repairing it?
the bulkhead does flex, its normal. the steering rack is mounted directly the other side of the bulkhead. and when i say mounted i mean that single u clamp on the drivers side takes all side to side movement aswell as holding the rack to the bulkhead. the passenger side however only holds the rack to the bulkhead, it offers no help to stopping the rack swing side to side.
crazy design if you ask me, all the loads present from braking, steering, clutching all in one corner.