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Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:02 am
by Lightning
Hi,

My steering wheel and brakes are EXTREMELY loose now, since I got into an accident recently. Also, my emergency hand brake light is always on and it does not hold the brakes nearly as sharply as before. I know that my brakes probably need to be bleeded out, but can anyone offer any advice on how to resolve these issues?

Thanks for your assistance.

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:48 am
by mike_01
could be a number of thing, get the car up and check wheel for play, if not might help to check all bolts just incase they come loose, or take it to a garage as you wouldn't want to risk driving and having wheel come off, could be very bad

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:26 pm
by neilis200
normally when the handbrake light stays on it is due to low brake fluid

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:32 pm
by Lightning
Thanks guys. The hand brake light not only stays on, but it is very loose; wouldn't that mean that other than brake fluid, it needs to be tightened also?

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:38 pm
by poTTa
I would get that checked properly by a mechanic...
The loose steering problem could exist anywhere in the steering or suspension...rack...rack-ends, rod-ends, bushings, ball joints, arm(s), alignment, etc.

The brakes should be bled first before you go adjusting things...

Give a description of accident...
Front/side/rear impact...
What visibly was damaged?

Again though...it's best you get a mechanic to sort out these problems...there's only so much we can do on this forum...

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:53 pm
by daveo
another reasoning for your hand break light on might be due to a faulty handbreak switch. ive come across a few of these. for peace of mind take it to a garge and they will sort it rather than guessing and something happening you or your car :)

Re: Loose Steering Wheel & Brake Query

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:15 pm
by Lightning
Thanks for the help. The accident was on the passenger side; car drifted off the road and hit a fence, Damaged the fender, doors, control arms and rear hub. Me and my cuz changed everything; guess we've done all that we've done, so time to take it to a mechanic.

Thanks once again.