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Originally Posted by jamestyers View Post
I believe it's the rear suspension, the left side is slightly lower than the right (not a bodged job, car has FSH).
I got the problem sorted out a short while back, it turned out to the the offside ball joint was worn, it was picked up in the MOT (although it passed previous MOT's with the problem - different garage this time though) and an easy DIY job if you have an angle grinder.

As your problem, like mine, happens when the wheel is turning, I would think it would be a problem with the front suspension. As it happens when you turn right, check your LEFT lower ball joint.
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Problem of erratic steering fixed!

Problem found to be: NS bolt that goes through the rear torsion beam and then through the bushes had worked itself loose (or wasn't correctly fitted in the first place!?!).

New bolts fitted and problem cured.

Will keep an eye out for the ball joints though as the rear suspension is still approx 3mm higher on the one side.
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Badly worn rear subframe bushes are known to cause excessive rear tyre wear and poor handling and will affect the rear ride height especially on the Tourers.
My mate had this problem on his Lag II Tourer after he noticed excessive wear to one side of his rear tyres and the occasional twitch when cornering. He was able to get a new set fitted for 150 and he says it drives like new. I think it is the extra weight of the Tourer which makes the problem more noticable as the additional weight is behind the rear axle area. Its definitely worth having them checked out by someone who knows what to look for
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Problem 1: had both ball joints replaced. RH after 3 years old. LH after 4 years (both causing MoT failures).

Problem 2: rear bushes replaced last August (again MoT failure).

maybe I was lucky, but I hadn't noticed any particular symptom prior to these maintenance jobs.
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