Hi, my 2002 echo is jerking while i drive, I hold the steering wheel as tight as i can and it still jerks from left or to right while drivivng. Had it checked out, guy said it was the bushings and tire rods, then i came back home to get the wok done and this guy said there was nothing wrong with my bushings or tire rods, he said it was the 4 differrent sizes of my tires. I got the bushings changed anyway cause i bought them. And it didnt help, i bought 2 brand new tires for the front and it did not help. The car has been in a wreck and does need some front end work, i've already put a new strut on and new brakes, rotors and drums, so whats left for me to do
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Re: 2002 Echo jerking while driving
Your alignment is the problem, spend the bucks to have it aligned are at least set the toe in yourself. Just vote me FIXA and I will help you fix it :) thanks my rating is all I want to increase I am free info for anyone who wants to know something about their car...
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could be a differential problem, or half shaft broken where power is only going ot one wheel. when the car accelerates the wheel with power can cause the vehicle to jerk. could also be a wheel problem. ensure the tyres are inflated correctly. is the steering wheel straight or turned to one side when driving in a straight line. if turned there may be damage to the steering system. did the symptom start after another person has driven the vehicle? or after an accident or driving into a curb or off road? all these may be factors to the problem. if not the case try rotating the wheels front left to rear right and front right to rear left to see if the problem disapears. if persists seek professional to test drive the vehicle and give an appraisal to the cause.
First make sure it is actually the pump and not the drive belt to the pump. If that checks out ok, then remove the P/S fill cap and turn the steering wheel fully left and fully right 10 times. This will remove any trapped air from the system. If that does no good then purchase a can of Seafoam Trans-Tune and add 2 ounces to the reservoir. If that still does not solve your whining & jerking problem after about 25 miles of driving, then the pump will have to be replaced.
now is is pulling while you are driving also... like if you remove your hands from the wheel is it pulling left? If so you need a front end alinment... now if it only jerks when you are turning left it could be your steering stablizer bar or your left CV joint because if it seriously damaged it will cause you to steer hard and it could also break in half and you will loose your wheel...
My opinion, not a good car. But that is a different story. It would be easiest to bring the car in for an alignment. The technician will tell you what the car needs to do the alignment. But if you want to do it yourself then you will need to inspect all the steering componants (tie-rods,struts, lower ball joint, wheel bearings, brakes, wheels, tire wear,tread pattern, and tire pressure, and lug nuts (loose or overtightened). Good luck.