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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How can I tell which parts of my car are “By Wire”?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is, but I don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire. I am a ...
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Front right 'squeals' when turning

Hi I have an incredibly frustrating noise coming from the front right of the car. It only occurred after replacing pads and rotors. It occurs when turning left (weight on right) and occasionally going ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

Similar problem to Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”, except: In my case there's no obvious cause, it just happened one day, so the "take it back to the shop" answer isn't an ...
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Should I leave my wheels straight when I park my car?

I was told that I should leave my wheels straight when I park my car on flat driveway, I think this is rubbish and it doesn't matter personally Should I leave my wheels straight when I'm parked? ...
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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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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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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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What is making a noise under my steering wheel when car is not moving?

I have a Toyota Corolla Verso bought in 2005. Recently it has started to make a noise somewhere in the steering column. Whilst it is only as loud as a clanking keyring, the odd thing is that the noise ...
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Why are my new tie rod ends or ball joints sticking?

A mechanic replaced the ball joints and tie rod ends on my 1994 Dodge 1500 and now the steering sticks so badly that it's dangerous to drive. What could be the cause and solution?
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Grinding type sound in steering wheel of a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer EX

Form the past days my car is having an issue when I turn the steering wheel (left to right) at the start point.and the same sound (grinding type) dissapear while I am on the continuous run.just a week ...
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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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Drive by wire disables steering when car is off?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is (don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire). I am a new ...
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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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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 tight and orange fluid on ground after failure to start

This morning, my car wouldn't start so a friend of mine and I tried to push start it, with no luck. We got around a corner in my neighborhood and fortunately found someone who could jump it. ...
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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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I changed struts and got alignment done, shop said steering is “returning from the right too fast”

Vehicle is 2006 Toyota Sienna AWD. I changed struts and sway bar link arms and then got alignment done, shop said steering is "returning from the right too fast." They said the alignment was all ...
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Steering ratio for European Ford Focus Mk2 (2004-2010)

What is the steering ratio for the European Ford Focus Mk2 that was in production between 2004-2010? I can not find it anywhere... I need it for a research project. There is somewhat relevant answer ...
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Car randomly pulls left or right when braking

I've had this weird issue that has started happening since I switched back to summer tires this weekend that wasn't there last summer/winter. My car fights back when braking, but appears to pick a ...
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Term to indicate how much force one needs to exert to steer the wheels of a car

What is the proper term to indicate how much force the driver needs to exert to steer the wheels of a car?
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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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Is Ackerman steering solved?

I heard of jeantaud mechanism of steering. does it accomplish the right steering everytime? aren't tyres slipping in any situation? I mean, is it the definitive solution to the Ackerman steering or ...
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97 Chevy lumina serpentine belt came off the bottom pulley

This morning my power steering stopped working and my heater and when I opened the hood there was coolant everywhere, looked like it came out of the radiator cap. The serpentine belt was off the ...
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Can steering be electrically controlled?

Please see this: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ George Hotz claimed he used CAN to control the car by software. I can understand that accelerating and braking ...
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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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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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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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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed (don'...
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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
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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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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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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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Power Steering Pump Leak…Wrong Fluid Used

I recently had to have the engine replaced in my '05 Toyota 4Runner. I got it back about 4 weeks ago and about a week ago I discovered a leak at my Power steering pump. When the engine is running the ...
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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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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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Ford Focus steering wheel vibration and noise from front right wheel4

I drive a Ford Focus 2004 which has about 104 thousand km on the clock. There is a constant noise from the front right wheel which goes away when I depress the clutch. Moreover around 60km/h and 120-...
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1968 VW Beetle Steering Shaft/Box Slip

On my more-or-less stock 1968 Vw Beetle...why is the steering wheel slipping (to a new position) in reference to the wheels...after installing (two) new TRW steering boxes? I had the shop install a ...
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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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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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Wheel alignment from OBD parameters

Can I calculate wheel alignment from OBD parameters. Car is Hyundai i10, and it doesn't give any Steering Alignment/ Steering Position data. The only method to check the alignment is to let the car ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 columns squeaks only when tilted upwards

I'm driving a 2015 Nissan Versa and noticed the steering column squeaks, but only when past a certain point when tilting upwards. Fully tilted upwards, it squeaks the most. Halfway down, slight ...
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Solid front axle squeak while steering in wet conditions

I have had a squeak when I turn my steering wheel for about 6 months now, and it's driving my insane. The squeak shows up after a day in the rain, and lasts about a week after the last time driving ...
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Hydraulic steering goes left but not right

I am working on a project with a group of friends. We have built a vehicle using a hydraulic orbital steering valve from an old ditch witch. The vehicle goes left but not right. There are 5 ports on ...