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88 honda civic hard to keep straight and steering wheel is tilted slightly to the left when driving straight. what causes this?

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Alignment is out for sure, but it sounds like you may have bad tie rod ends. (steering rack, bushings, ball joints etc)
Brake check will look over it all for you and tell you what the problem is, then you can relay that back and I can walk you through the repair.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013

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Hi Dan

You did not indicate whether you checked the fluid level for your power steering. Please check this first. Please read your owners manual for specific instructions!

You may be low on fluid.

The next step would be to check your engine belt. The power steering pump is driven by a belt. It is possible that you have a loose or worn belt that is not able to turn the pump sufficiently at idle, but when you rev the engine higher, the pump produces sufficient power. One way to test this is to rev the engine, then try to turn the wheel, see if you notice any difference. Let me know.

Brian

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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I doubt it's your 4x4. Most transfer case will start turning the front driveshaft, meaning that BOTH front wheels would try to turn.

Could be a brake pad/caliper locking up on your left wheel. That'll make that wheel turn slower resulting in the veering left.

Could also be a wheel bearing. However usually you'll hear a grinding noise to go along with that. And it'll pull rather consistently in that direction rather than suddenly.

Or, what first comes to mind is that your steering box is loose, or the gear inside the steering box is stripped in one spot. Or your front tie rods could be shifting or possibly ball joints. These would cause a sudden shifting/veering.

All of these things are front end related. And also very dangerous. Take it down to any alignment shop, have them put it on a lift, and diagnose immediately.

Worse case scenerio is that a front end part breaks and sends you out of control and into someone else. Please get it checked. A diesel Suburban could do a lot of damage.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

Murphybanton
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Your power steering engine/ pully has gone bad. needs a replacement then.

Take care and do fix it on time before you get the steering rack damaged.

Good luck.

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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SOURCE: have a 97 honda civic, hard to steer.repaced p/s pump

hard to steer is not the pump in most cases, it is the power steering rack and pinion steering gear.

Posted on May 05, 2010

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SOURCE: 1997 honda civic steering wheel loose

Price out a front-end alignment and see if they give free estimates. It will take someone to go underneath your car to see where the slack is coming from in your steering.

You can expect to pay $50 on up for just the alignment, but you only do an alignment AFTER the parts are tight. This is why most shops will inspect the car for free and tell you what is wrong.

It really can be the ends of the tierods or excessive play in the steering box or rack and pinion. Each car must be judged by the wear in the parts. Most shops also make money on the parts they sell, so they will not install the parts you buy somewhere else.

Some of the repairs can be made with smaller wrench sets, but the suspension is where the biggest bolts are and the heaviest gauge materials. Rust is also a factor and a heating torch may even be needed to remove some parts.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012

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Take care and do fix it on time before you get the steering rack damaged.

Good luck.

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