Steering: Get Back On Track
A vehicle should drive where it is pointed. If you experience the following symptoms, certain components should be checked so that the vehicle will track correctly and respond to drive input.
- has excessive play
Components to be checked
- The first check should be for worn wheel bearings, which cause rotating wheels to wobble.
- Next up are the ball joints, which, if they exhibit any sloppiness, will produce unwanted wheel movement and erratic steering.
- The tie-rod that connects the two steering knuckles to each other, keeping the wheels pointed in the same general direction, also warrant a check.
Beyond these items, the power steering box or rack or power steering pump may be bad, in which case repair or replacement is required.
TIP: The most common problem is excessive wheel play, which is normally caused by worn ball sockets, a worn idler arm, or too much clearance in the steering gearbox.
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