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Jack up the front until the wheels are clear. Turn the steering wheel until it locks. Then grab the tire at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions and push/pull while noting how much movement there is. There should be little to none. To verify, put jack stands first, then crawl under and do the same wiggle test while watching if there is movement of the inner rod only, not the outer tie rod end, ball joint, or control arm bushings. There shouldn't be any noise or vibration unless it's ready to grenade.
could be tie rod or ball joint or bushing. I would put it on a rack and pull at every joint. You can even check at home by jacking up the wheel and pulling it in each direction. There should not be any play. In/out play at side of wheel is due to tie rods or bushings. In/out play at bottom is due to ball joint.
Check your Control arm bushings and or your ball joints. The bushings are known to wear out easily and the replacement control arm with ball joint included is only around $150.00. You can check the control arm by putting vehicle on jack stands and with a pry bar pry between the frame and control arm. If there is excessive movement then replacement is required, also when the car is in this position try to pivot your wheel top and bottom(in and out) and this checks the ball joint.
No. Go to Napa, get the bushing repair kit. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right. Remove the air inlet tube. Should be 2 7/8" bolts retaining the inner tie rod ends. Loosen both. Remove one at a time, replace bushing with kit. Use some synthetic brake grease on the bushings. I recommend Napa sylglide. Replace the bolt, but do not tighten all the way. Do the other the same way. Tightnen both bolts, reinstall the air inlet tube, get vehicle aligned.
its sounds like the front wheel drive engine is able to produce more torque steer than it used to when it was new? you will get a little of this from most front wheel drive engines anyway. I would check and replace bushings,
tie rod ends
lower ball joints
upper strut mounts and upper mount brackets
I would also replace the front swaybar bushings. if you replace the strut mounts you may as well replace the front strut while you already have them off.
this will have a cost though to replace these items but this issue could become unsafe if you continue to drive it if it gets progressively worse.