Question about 1999 Ford Explorer
I just had my rotors and brakes fixed, I was on my way and I went over a slight bump and the steering wheel started shaking and the truck was veering to the left What do you think this is
Usually shaking of the steering wheel brought on by going over a 'bump' is caused by a suspension component problem. Since u just had the brakes done (no history of this type problem before?), I am wondering if possibly something was not tightened properly during the repair (this would have the same effect of a worn component). I would bring it back (carefully) to the service facility, and ask them to check the front suspension components, and explain what happened while driving.
U could check a couple of things yourself, if u want. Jack up one side of front of vehicle, place on safety stand, grab tire at 3 oclock and 9 o'clock positions, try forcing the tire as if u wanted to turn the wheel to the right, and then left., U should not have any 'play' in the wheel. Next, grab the tire at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock position, try to force the tire in and out . There should be no 'play'. Repeat on the other front tire, if you have movement when grabbing and trying to move the tire, u need ball joints or tie rods. A slight bump in the road should not result in what u describe unless something is seriously wrong. Have this checked asap, as this is not safe. Let me know what u find.
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
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