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Steering problem when wheel returns to straight from turning, it pulses, as though tires are cupped, which they are not.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    What pulses, the whole car, the brakes or the steering wheel? For now, I'll guss the steering wheel...Check your tires for out of round or broken belt. Jack up one wheel and spin it...check for bulges in sidewalls or tread. Check for "runnout" by sighting across tire towards rear of car as it turns and see how much in-out variation you have. (also wouldn't hurt to check for binding "u" joints on axles while you're there!)

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I'm not sure, but it sounds like your front axle is still engaged. You will experience this on asphalt or concrete that is dry. If you pull on to a dirt road and the problem is not as pronounced then that is a tell tail sign the front axle is still engaged. Block the rear wheels. Jack the front end up and see if the driveline will turn. If it turns freely then you have a different problem If the driveline can't be turned then the transfer case has not disengaged for some reason. Sometimes the transfer cases get wrapped up as they call it. Back the vehicle up while shifting from 4 HI to 2 HI. This may disengage the transfer case and allow it to return to 2 wheel drive.

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