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Old 08-26-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Serious steering issue - Help!

So I think I have a serious staring problem. I can't find the exact answer to my question in a thread. I can only find different answers for each of the symptoms, but not my exact problem. Unless I have multiple problems; Which is very possible. But somebody please help me.

I will be getting a steering and suspension checked out soon but I thought it wouldn't help to ask my fellow fanatics.

Here are my symptoms :

First of all I have recently done a few new things to my car. About six months ago I had for steering and suspension check up and my rear shocks were gone. I replaced them Along with the mounts. Everything else looked good. Since then, I purchased an upgraded to new 18 inch Beyern Mesh. After a couple weeks I went to get an alignment at that speed shop and they told me my tie rods were frozen and my rear camber bolts were corroded and frozen into place. "Supposedly".

I wasn't working at the time because I was laid off so I didn't really have much money to play with.

I got free Akebono brake pads and Zimmermann rotors from my new job and my buddy installed them in all four sides for $50 so I just did that.

Now, I have recently been getting steering wheel jerk. Rather intense at times. I thought it only happens every time I hit the brake; So I figured it was a caliber. However, I am now noticing that it happens when I either break hard or very easy over a bump. Sometimes the steering well jerks in the same manner when I don't even hit the brake at all.

I know I need to get it checked out. I am waiting for my new schedule to come out so I can figure out a day off to do it. But I was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction of what could be wrong. I know multiple things could be wrong but I was hoping someone could guide me in the right direction so I don't look stupid in front of whoever checks it. Or maybe someone would be kind enough to tell me how to check something in particular.


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Old 08-26-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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Like 100%? I know I could search it, but im too lazy right now lol; how would a "Beginner" check?


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by hitting the brakes and seeing if the wheel jerks. or by looking at it using your eyes.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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Pretty serious issue if not fixed soon? CAB would cause it to turn so badly & intense ,


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Old 08-26-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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It only really does it over a bump, pothole or some part f the road that isn't "flat" . Not very often does it do it when I'm just driving straight on a newly paved road


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Classic case of control arm bushings and possibly ball joints within the control arms themselves.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:43 AM   #8
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Front or rear?


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I just did coilovers and I have the same problem,my car pulls hard to the right when I brake or hit bumps.I am going to change the FCAB and that should fix it.
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Replacing your fcabs may fix the situation for the immediate future but usually if your fcabs are worn, your ball joints are right behind them.

Might as well replace both while you are under there.


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I have a really small squeak in the rear now over bumps at a low fixed speed. I replaced shocks 6 months ago w the mounts .. Does this sound like bushings?


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I have a really small squeak in the rear now over bumps at a low fixed speed. I replaced shocks 6 months ago w the mounts .. Does this sound like bushings?


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Just check your subframe...if that's okay, I wouldn't worry about a squeak too much...

Could be your e-brake...you'll hear a squeak when you sit in the car often because of that...go figure! Use the e-brake when you're moving 20 mph for a little...clean it off...read your manual!

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #14
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True I know that. But I don't have an e brake cable is snapped. And I never had a reason to really fix it aide I never used it in 6 years of owning it lol.. I have other things to repair before it. I do have new brakes& rotors though.

I tried spraying lubricant on everything I could physically see without a lift. I have to get a check obviously but I can't for a few weeks. Was jw


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I will check the easy and free thing first. Tire pressure..
if just one tire is out from the other, it will jerk.
Second, did you end up successfully did a alignment? if not, then that's answer all of us.
if a car have high negative camber , jerk to one side at stop or brake is normal..
Since no road is flat , the road must be a bit tilt to one side to get the rain out..
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