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Troubleshooting Steering & Suspension Problems Part 3

Squeals, shimmys, vibrations. What does it all mean? Here's some things to look for when your car is not behaving as it should.
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  • Wheel shimmy:
    You notice a side-to-side wobble in the steering wheel when traveling at steady speeds. The vibration gets worse when you are on an uneven road surface or after going over a pot hole.

    Possible causes:
    1. Tire pressures are not equal: Check and adjust tire pressures.

    2. Out-of-balance wheel and tire assemblies: Balance wheels.

    3. Worn or damaged tires: Replace tires.

    4. Parts of the steering linkage are loose and need to be tightened: Tighten or replace loose parts as required.

    5. You have worn suspension parts: Replace suspension parts as required.

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  • Noises while turning a corner:
    You notice a knocking, clunking, and/or squeaking noise while you turn a corner. Everything else seems to be fine except for the noise. The problem seems to be getting worse over time.

    Possible causes:
    1. Something is rubbing against or hitting the steering column: Locate the interference and repair.

    2. The steering gear needs to be lubricated or repaired: Lubricate or replace steering gear parts as required.

    3. Parts of the steering linkage are loose and need to be tightened: Tighten or replace loose parts as required.

    4. Your tires are hitting or rubbing against something: Locate the interference and repair.

    5. You have worn suspension parts: Replace suspension parts as required.

  • Noises from the power steering unit:
    You notice a whining or moaning from the steering when you turn the steering wheel all of the way in one direction. Everything else seems to be fine except for the noise. The problem seems to be getting worse over time.

    Possible causes:
    1. The power steering drive belt is damaged or loose: Tighten or replace power steering drive belt as required.

    2. The fluid in the system has air in it: Bleed power steering system.

    3. The fluid level in the power steering reservoir is low: Fill fluid to proper level.

    4. The mount for the power steering pump is loose or damaged: Repair or replace power steering pump mounts as required.

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