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.