Opel Corsa B 1993–2000 Service and Repair Manual: Suspension and steering

Note: Before diagnosing suspension or steering faults, be sure that the trouble is not due to incorrect tyre pressures, mixtures of tyre types, or binding brakes.

Vehicle pulls to one side

  • Defective tyre .
  • Excessive wear in suspension or steering components .
  • Incorrect front wheel alignment .
  • Accident damage to steering or suspension components .

Wheel wobble and vibration

  • Front roadwheels out of balance (vibration felt mainly through the steering wheel) .
  • Rear roadwheels out of balance (vibration felt throughout the vehicle).
  • Roadwheels damaged or distorted.
  • Faulty or damaged tyre.
  • Worn steering or suspension joints, bushes or components.
  • Wheel bolts loose .

Excessive pitching and/or rolling around corners, or during braking

  • Defective shock absorbers .
  • Broken or weak spring and/or suspension component .
  • Worn or damaged anti-roll bar or mountings.

Wandering or general instability

  • Incorrect front wheel alignment.
  • Worn steering or suspension joints, bushes or components .
  • Roadwheels out of balance.
  • Faulty or damaged tyre.
  • Wheel bolts loose.
  • Defective shock absorbers .

Excessively-stiff steering

  • Lack of steering gear lubricant.
  • Seized track rod end balljoint or suspension balljoint.
  • Broken or incorrectly-adjusted auxiliary drivebelt.
  • Incorrect front wheel alignment.
  • Steering rack or column bent or damaged.

Excessive play in steering

  • Worn steering track rod end balljoints.
  • Worn rack-and-pinion steering gear .
  • Worn steering or suspension joints, bushes or components .

Lack of power assistance

  • Broken or incorrectly-adjusted auxiliary drivebelt .
  • Incorrect power steering fluid level.
  • Restriction in power steering fluid hoses .
  • Faulty power steering pump.
  • Faulty rack-and-pinion steering gear .

Tyre wear excessive

Tyres worn on inside or outside edges

  • Tyres under-inflated (wear on both edges).
  • Incorrect camber or castor angles (wear on one edge only).
  • Worn steering or suspension joints, bushes or components.
  • Excessively-hard cornering.
  • Accident damage.

Tyre treads exhibit feathered edges

  • Incorrect toe setting.

Tyres worn in centre of tread

  • Tyres over-inflated.

Tyres worn on inside and outside edges

  • Tyres under-inflated.

Tyres worn unevenly

  • Tyres/wheels out of balance.
  • Excessive wheel or tyre run-out.
  • Worn shock absorbers.
  • Faulty tyre.
    Braking system
    Note: Before assuming that a brake problem exists, make sure that the tyres are in good condition and correctly inflated, that the front wheel alignment is correct, and that the vehicle is not loade ...

    Electrical system
    Note: For problems associated with the starting system, refer to the faults listed under "Engine" earlier in this Section. Battery will not hold a charge for more than a few days Battery defecti ...

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