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Steering rack - damage after accident?

My 147 was hit by another car whilst parked outside my house 3 weeks ago.

Other car hit front passenger wheel and wind and pushed driver side into kerb. Other driver and their insurer have admitted liability.

Repairer repainted wing, bumper, front wheels and replaced inner passenger arch liner, front wheel bearings on both sides, the big cast suspension bit which links the shock & spring to the hub.

He was delivered back from the repairer to my home whilst I was at work. Took him for a drive when I got home from work this evening.

Body repairs are good.

However, steering is now heavy/tight just after dead ahead, particularly initially turning left. Also not so self-centering as it was. I also noticed a balljoint on the top suspension arm (replaced last September) on the driver side is split. This was not there before the impact.

Would you think the steering rack has had a knock? I also see some fluid from the steering pipes at the front of the car - like pressure pop.

I've emailed my insurers to keep them in the loop and will call repairer in the morning.
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On the basis of those symptoms, yes quite likely the rack and/or balljoint and geometry all need checking.
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Hi, sorry to hear of you accident, i would make sure that the insurance repair company puts it 100% if you're not happy with it, i would pest them till they put it right, at the end of the day, its your premium that goes up (or not if you have PNC) your insurance money your paying every year.

hope you get it all sorted
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Mmm...drove car again and it definately does feel tighter than it did when steering almost dead ahead. Also not so good to centre after steering away from dead ahead. Simply it does not drive quite as it did - before the impact the alignment had been done by a very reputable Alfa specialist and it drove brilliantly.

Concerning thing was that the repairer advised that the insurance would simply say get the rack checked by a main dealer....of which we only have Arnold Clark Fiat here....I normally go to CP in Dundee for any work required....

Spoke with the repairer who said the insurance may consider the balljoint potentially normal wear and tear and not agree to fund it - although the complete lack of corrosion and freshness of grease within the joint itself would indicate a recent issue rather than ongoing issue.

Either way it's going back to the repairer today.....
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