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Front end acts like it locks up when backing up and turning. After driving straight it pop then appears to free up

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  • donald yates Jul 18, 2013

    2004 mercury mountaineer

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My 2011 Dodge Nitro keeps slipping out of 4 wheel drive while driving uphill


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The alignment angles may off due to worn parts. The half shafts on the Maxima might be worn, as indicated by a clicking noise on turns. The camber and toe can be off caused by worn ball joints or tie rod ends ( which are connected to the rack and pinion), respectively, causing the wheels to appear to be 'toe out' as you describe in your problem.

Sometimes, the wheels will appear to be toe out compared to the body, but are in reality dead straight ahead according to the alignment machine which can measure angles down to a fraction of a degree.

Are you experiencing irregular tire wear, indicating poor alignment?

Before a computerized alignment can be performed, the front end parts should be tight for the various angles, including cast, camber, and toe.

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