Category Archive: Steering

Steering Wheel Vibration

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2008
Engine Size: 4.0 Liter
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: I feel a vibration or shudder through my steering wheel when I start to turn the wheels. The situation is this: From a standing start, creeping the vehicle very slowly forward or backwards and turning the steering, I feel this momentary shudder or vibration. Could this be due to the steering system activating itself from a standing start, or could there be a problem? My tire pressures are at 35ib.

Answer:
I would suggest putting the truck on an alignment rack so the suspension stays loaded and then turn the wheels to see if any binding is present. This will check for seized ball joints. These ball joints don’t have grease fittings and when the grease gets thick it will no longer lubricate the joint and cause the shudder. If the joints are still tight sometimes we can re-lube the joints with a grease needle through the boots, providing their still intact.

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Steering Wheel Wobble

Car Information:
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Year: 2001
Engine Size: V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: Steering wheel wobble between 40-50 mph. Vehicle has been checked for alignment and wheel balance.

Answer:
Most likely their is some free play in a steering component let us know when you can swing by and we will put it on a lift and let you know what we see, If your using a larger tire then what came on the vehicle from the factory we often have to install a steering damper to correct this condition, Let us know 407-629-2661.

Chevy Camaro Steering Questions

Car Information:
Chevy Camaro
Year: 1994
Engine Size: 3.4L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Does a leaking rack and pinion have to replaced when it is leaking a little? (about a few ounces a year) Don’t drive it much but my son has no complaints. How can you tell when it it time? Ball joints look okay; the rubber seal cracked but I keep lube every once in a while. Thank you. Amsoil is the best.

Answer:
If the rack isn’t loose, it has a lot of play and it’s seeping a little I wouldn’t worry to much. If it starts to get worse and your son will explain he is having to add power steering fluid, then it’s time to replace.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Plymouth Voyager Brakes and Steering/Struts

Car Information:
Plymouth Voyager
Year: 2002
Engine Size: 3.5
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
There’s a rattle in the front end. Sounds like a loose shock or brake pad. Could it be McPherson struts? The C.V. joints don’t grind when you turn. Van has a little over 130000 miles.

Answer:
There’s a real good chance the strut mounts are bad and insulators in the mounts are metal to metal making the noise. Normally the struts alone can not make a noise like this unless they’re locked up and broke the mounts.

Replacing the front struts mounts parts and labor costs $394.46.

You should install new front loaded struts! (It comes with strut, strut mount, new coil spring and all mounting hardware) All parts and labor costs $804.34.

Most likely the mounts alone will fix the noise. If you need struts as well, the loaded ones basically replaces the entire suspension and since it even comes with springs it reestablishes ride height as well and a very good value.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Stiff Steering on Nissan Frontier

Car Information:
Nissan Frontier
Year: 2006
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I bought this truck new and the steering was somewhat stiff — now four years later it is still stiff — especially while traveling down a straight road — I have to constantly pull to the left and right 1 or 2 degrees — the alignment has been checked twice and it is good – this is annoying when pulling a trailer (and tiring) do you have any solution to this problem
of tight steering ?
I checked with the dealer 3 times and was told this was normal with this truck.

Thanks for any comment on this.

Answer:

If it’s excessively tight there is a step by step process. First thing is to drop the steering linkage and check each side for stiff ball joints and rod ends, if nothing is found there we would need to look into what the power steering pressures are. If they are a little low adding a heavier spring to the pressure relief valve may allow it to build more pressure and rid the problem. Another thing we have seen is where someone will use an after market custom wheel with the wrong off set and cause steering issues as well. When you see your going to be in our area why don’t you call and make sure I’m here I’ll be glad to test drive it and let you know where I think we should start.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 


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