Questions about the steering system of a vehicle, including the wheel, column, rack, and linkages. For power steering specific questions, use the 'power-steering' tag

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Strange steering problem

I drive a 2001 Renault Clio 1.4 16v. It was bought second hand in 2006 and it came with aftermarket 14" rims. About a month ago I had to replace my tires, and the guy from the shop just happened to ...
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Car pulls to right when letting go of accelerator?

I'm driving an old Grand Voyager minivan temporarily, and notice that when I accelerate then let go of the accelerator, the car pulls slightly to the right, and I have to correct it by steering a ...
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On start up car shakes, steering and braking are very HARD on 2006 Nissan Maxima

Very hot outside. Started car with a/c already on full blast (factor?). Car started shaking, put it in reverse to backup and steering wheel VERY hard to turn and brakes VERY hard to apply. Turned a/c ...
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Play in the steering wheel when driving slowly over a bump in a turn

When I drive slowly in a turn, and especially while parking, I often feel a subtle but noticeable bump through the wheel, like there is play in some component connecting the steering wheel to the ...
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how does rack and pinion manage to move each wheel alone

Ok I underatand how rack and pinion steering works but in order for it to prevent slippery in wheels the inner rotating wheel has to follow a different path with a different angle than the other one, ...
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Clunking sound?

I just purchased a previously owned 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with 100,000 K on it. Whenever I make a sharp left or right turn (making a 90 degree turn rather than a shallow turn), the front end makes a ...
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Steering suddenly has become very loose

I have a Mk1 Golf (no power steering). Today I was pulling a hard right to do a U turn and heard a slight clunk. Now the steering is very loose and unaligned. You almost have to turn the wheel 45 ...
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turn-sensitive road noise

'04 Cavalier, 115K. Tires are decent, and don't seem to be wearing unevenly. Low-pitch droning noise at highway speed. Originally, this was only when steering left; but now, also when going ...
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Is the steering ratio of Ford C-Max constant or variable?

I would like to know whether the steering ratio is constant or rather variable on a Ford C-Max Mk1 (2003-2010).
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Prestone power steering fluid

Can I put Prestone power steering fluid into a Buick Enclave? Or does it require OEM fluid?
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Individual wheels' toes are out of range but combination is within specs

I went to have my 1999 Chevy Tahoe aligned after getting new tires mounted. I am concerned about the toe results. The left front toe is 0.37, specified to be 0.02-0.22; the right is -0.5, with same ...
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steering wheel shakes in a turn

I drive a 2011 Ford F150. After new tires, new brakes and rotors and a wheel balance, the truck rides fine at all speeds and braking is good. However, when I enter into an exit ramp and brake while ...
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Metal bracket popping out at the entrance of steering shaft near the brake pedal

I have a 2009 Nissan Versa. While making a turn, I heard a metallic snapping/clanking noise, which I could feel at my feet as well as in the wheel. I discovered what looks like a metal bracket popping ...
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Do the front wheels turn a little bit on potholes and bumps?

I just replaced the inner and outer tie rods on a vehicle, and some time later was thinking about the linkage. I don't recall if the inner ball joint was at the same location as the inner suspension ...
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee — quiet whine from steering wheel — what's causing it?

I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee Laredo. There is a very low high pitched whine that comes from the steering wheel. If I turn the wheel two inches to the right or left, the whine goes quiet. If I let go ...
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Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”

I just had a 4 wheel alignment done on a vehicle. While taking it for a test drive, I noticed that the steering wheel is not quite centered for the vehicle to drive straight. It's not pulling in ...
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Shaking steering wheel after new tires

I had new tires put on 8th of April 15. They were cheap tires but that's all I could afford. $444 for all four. The steering now shakes, even at slow speeds. I had the wheels balanced and the ...
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Steering wheel vibration at 60+ MPH

I recently purchased a new set of tires for my 2007 Frontier. Capitol Precision Trac are the make. Before I replaced the worn tires my truck never shook and was always smooth no matter the speed. ...
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Can I break power steering by turning too far

Will I damage power steering in a 2008 Camry XLE if I routinely turn the steering wheel to its limits, i.e. where it will not move further?
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Steering wheel vibration

While driving my 2012 camaro at freeway speeds, the steering wheel vibrates violently. However, it will continue to vibrate intermittently even after braking every few seconds.
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Why is my car tramlining(pulling/veering when I hit road imperfections)?

So twice this has happened, and the first time it was much more violent. So far I have replace the upper control arm "inner" bushings on the right side but today it happened again, but not as bad, and ...
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Car shudders above 45 mph after after spin out into a ditch

I spun out in freezing rain and ended up in ditch was doing 60 down to 45 when it went all way around and onto shoulder. Which was soft dirt and buried front tires. My vehicle is a 2003 Mitsubishi. ...
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Subaru Outback subtle vibration while turning

My 2008 Subaru Outback has a gentle vibration I can feel in the steering and accelerator pedal and also a bit of noise associated with it. At first I thought it was just the road but I noticed it ...
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Acura TL 2001 squeaking noise

Worried student here! I bought an Acura TL 2001 about 7 months ago and the car was mechanically sound. About a month and a half ago i started to hear a squeaking noise. The noise only occurs when the ...
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loud clunking/banging noise coming from the front of my car

I'm hearing a clunking/banging noise from the front of my car when i steer left or right whilst stationary. Any ideas of what it could be?
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what is exactly steering feedback?

I have heard people say that cars with HPS and Non PS have nice steering feedback while the other cars with EPS steering's have vague feeling and has no feedback at all.I have driven few cars, A fiat ...
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Should replacement pitman arm have the same gear teeth configuration?

I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota 4x4. I just replaced the pitman arm which reduced a bunch of play in the wheel. Awesome. However (and I didn't notice until actually driving it) the steering wheel is now ...
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Designing an Ackermann steering mechanism

I'm designing a car with an Ackermann steering mechanism. According to everything I have read about Ackermann steering, if I set up my steering mechanism like this: ... then I should get behaviour ...
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Ran over a curb at speed; wheel is bent and rubs against wheelwell on turns

The other day I was doing 30 mph on a downhill road in my Renault Clio 1.2, and went to turn right, but my brakes did not work, and so I just turned into the corner and went straight into and up a ...
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Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
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Ford Focus steering oscillation at low speeds

Yesterday I bumped my left wheel on a pavement, due to an understeering after accelerating (my bad). I smashed it quite good and I was certain the alignment was off, so I did some tests. No tire ...
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2007 toyota corolla vibration after front wheel damage

Left front wheel curb damage to 2007 toyota corolla causes rotational vibration noise (localized from left front side when driving) and steering wheel shaking. Put new wheel on, same tire (undamaged) ...
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My van steering wheel shakes

I have a 1983 Toyota Hiace LH50 van. When I speed it up to 60-65 kph the steering wheel begins to shake and when I lower the speed to 50kph nothing. All I have to do to avoid the shaking is maintain ...
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How can I reset the steering wheel airbag warning light

When I bought the car, old owner agreed to fit a standard steering wheel back in place. All was fine. After around 2000 miles of me driving it, the airbag light come on. So far, I've disconnected ...
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When driving car at 100-120km/h steering wheel starts to vibrate

I drive a Ford Fiesta which has clocked 110 000km total. When I cross 100-120km/h on a smooth road, the steering wheel starts to vibrate, and the vibration reduces when I reduce my speed. I guessed ...
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Steering Problem on Mazda 3

I have a very odd problem with my steering on my 08 Mazda 3 Takara. I've had it since January now and to be honest have never been happy with the steering. I've got a couple of problems with it: 1) ...
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What is the temperature at steering rack?

What is the average temperature of air around steering rack? Can it be greater than 70 C ? Actually I have to put a sensor over there whose threshold temperature of working is 75 C.
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Knocking noise when turning at full lock/opposite lock?

I have noticed that I have a knocking noise when I turn full lock or full opposite lock. The noise is a single knock as I reach lock and then another knock as I start turning back. I will ...
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Wobble in steering (not tyre)?

I have a '94 4th gen Honda Prelude. Driving home today I felt a distinct wobble through the steering wheel. I immediately thought I had a flat and pulled over but found the tyre is fine. The wobble ...
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steering angle sensor in indian cars

Does Indian cars have steering angle sensor? Actually what I have to see if a car travels straight when made to move on straight line and determine if there is some problem with alignment.
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2008 Chevy Cobalt Toe In?

While getting the oil changed on a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, they performed an alignment analysis (and made the change take 1.5 hours longer >.>). The technician printed a report stating my front end had too ...
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How do I clean/grease my dirt bike steering bearings?

My dirt bike's steering has become increasing harder to steer. Other dirt bikes I've ridden have much smoother, almost effortless, steering. How can I have that same smooth steering? What parts do I ...
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Steering angle sensor

On my Mercedes C180, just got an error about non-functioning steering angle sensor. I understand it can affect ESP, but how bad in fact is it? Replacement is rather expensive, so I wonder if I can ...
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Shake while braking at certain speeds, intensified with steering input

150k miles 2.0l gas mkIV Jetta, 5-speed manual. Braking at speeds of around 40mph down to 20mph there is shake in steering and overall jerky stopping. If slight steering is added(say gentle ...
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92 ford escort - Is there a way to remove a ball joint without a pickle fork AND without removing the brakes?

I'm trying to replace the ball joints on my escort but i don't have a pickle fork. Most of the things i've seen so far without the fork require removing the calipers and rotor. Is there another ...
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Aligning a castle nut with a torque spec to a cotter pin hole

The nuts at the knuckle on my outer tie rod ends are castle nuts, which are locked by cotter pins fed through holes in the studs. The nuts also have a torque spec (27.0±2.5 N∙m, in this case). If I ...
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What is causing steering wheel to vibrate?

I just hand my 1995 Jeep Grande Cherokee 4.0L straight 6 automatic in for tune-up (rotor, cap, wires, plugs, filters oil etc) and trans fluid service at special jeep repair shop. Also had the motor ...
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Creaking sound when turning

My car has developed an annoying creaking sound when turning. I'm trying to figure out what it is but I've hit the limit of my car knowledge now. Car: 2003 Mazda Pretege5 Miles: 121K The creaking ...
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Hissing Sound when Turning Sharp

I drive a 1980 Jeep CJ-7, and I've noticed when I turn the wheel sharply to the left or right, I can hear a hissing sound. It seems to be coming from the engine compartment/end of the steering column ...
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Steering very difficult on 1996 Taurus

I'm trying to help a friend diagnose/fix a problem with the steering on his 1996 Taurus wagon. When the vehicle is not moving, turning the steering wheel is extremely difficult, even moreso than if ...