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A few anoying problems you may be able to help with?

I have an old Renault Espace 2000-1 Quadra (Propshaft removed) with what I hope are common problems with other cars. I bought it second hand with no service history but it was cheap and I could haul the family around.
The first problem (That wasn’t a problem on the test drive) is that when I select reverse gear I get a grinding noise before it goes in. When I select first and second gear it is very stiff and difficult to select. The other gears seem a little stiff but not a problem at the moment.
I have also noticed that when I am driving along, if I turn slightly to the right, I have a horrible broken noise coming from the passenger’s side front wheel. The springs and bushes look fine. The noise only happens when I steer right and it is difficult to describe. The best way I can describe it is a large heavy ball in a washing machine.
Another not so critical problem is no heat comes out of the blowers, if I turn the temperature to cold; it gets cold but hot is not even warm but very lukewarm.
Could any of you, if possible, give me some idea of what the problems might be? I have no money and want to try and make repairs myself?

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hiya mcfester...cant help you myself but i would reccomend you read through the "how to " section and espace forums..maybe youll get some tips there....btw welcome to the forums.
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I am no espace expert and wait for other owners to advise on similar problems but..

The gearbox or gear linkages are worn and should be looked at before you have a complete failure leaving you stranded !!

It sounds like either your wheel bearing or cv joint is in need of immediate attention.
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I'm not an expert by far but may have an idea. I had a Focus up until last month when i joined the Renault elite again and it had a horrible noise when turning. Thought it might be power steering or suspension set up but when i took it to a garage was informed that it was worn anti roll bars, maybe thats your problem. As for the other problems, haven't got a clue. Sorry.
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Could the horrible noise while turning be a worn CV joint? I had this on my R5 GT Turbo and the symptoms went from a grumbling noise to a weird grinding noise right through to a crushing noise...

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