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Old 11-06-2006, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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tech wrench Unstable Steering How to Fix?

I have been combating a problem for sometime, of my steering wheel being very loose and wiggly feeling. As of recently my car has become very unstable while driving from a take off as well when driving on the highway with windy conditions. When I take off the car bounces from left to right, very sporadically and can be even worse when road conditions are bumpy. To correct this I have to pay special attention to my steering and correct this before I jump into another lane. This is very frustrating as my steering wheel isn't as accurate as it use to be.

What do I need to replace/fix to get rid of this problem?
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it could be a bad rackopion becuase it cause the steering wheel to move alot with very little responce
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Thats sounds like a worn out tie rod end..jack up your car, so that the wheel is off the ground then grab the wheel and tire and try pull/push on it like you're tryin to turn it..if there is alot of play, you should replace the tie rod ends.
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Old 11-06-2006, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thats sounds like a worn out tie rod end..jack up your car, so that the wheel is off the ground then grab the wheel and tire and try pull/push on it like you're tryin to turn it..if there is alot of play, you should replace the tie rod ends.
There is allot of play when trying to pull on the wheel back and forth.
Are there any right ups and or pictures describing how to replace tie rods?

Where is the best place to get new tie rods.
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burntrubber is right i had a few cars like that, there should be something in the stickies on it, fix it asap before u wreck it, its just tierod ends, i hope anyways, they are easier to replace than a rack, but u tested it the right way so it must be
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those are a thing where if you dont know how to replace them, leave it to a shop and have it aligned
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those are a thing where if you dont know how to replace them, leave it to a shop and have it aligned

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What about Rack Guide Adjustment?
P 17-5 in the Service Manual.

Could this help out, as well?
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let a shop do it, its no joke if u cannot control ur car, since u would have a shop fix it they would check it all out , they are going to charge u for looking at it no matter.
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First remove this nut:

Nut loosened:


Then use a fork or tie rod puller to separate the ball joint. This should be really easy because if you're replacing it your ball joint is probably already bad. I found that hitting the threads of the joint from the bottom with a sledge hammer works very nicely



Then the tie rod end just unscrews right off. Very Easy.

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Thanks for the pics,
Working on the car right now.
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I have been combating a problem for sometime, of my steering wheel being very loose and wiggly feeling. As of recently my car has become very unstable while driving from a take off as well when driving on the highway with windy conditions. When I take off the car bounces from left to right, very sporadically and can be even worse when road conditions are bumpy. To correct this I have to pay special attention to my steering and correct this before I jump into another lane. This is very frustrating as my steering wheel isn't as accurate as it use to be.

What do I need to replace/fix to get rid of this problem?
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well you are from Kansas so the windy conditions would probably be tornados...hence the bad steering in the windy weather
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is this a pretty good price for these parts?

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First remove this nut:

Nut loosened:


Then use a fork or tie rod puller to separate the ball joint. This should be really easy because if you're replacing it your ball joint is probably already bad. I found that hitting the threads of the joint from the bottom with a sledge hammer works very nicely



Then the tie rod end just unscrews right off. Very Easy.

Pics of old vs. new tie rod end:



good post, lol, urs was bent too? so how much did those cost?? im thinkn i need to replace mine sooner or later
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ok so now the important thing how do u know how far to screw the new one on???do u mark the tread before removing the old tie rod??
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