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Car jerks to left w/no warning

Replaced left & right ball joints. Now when driving the car will **** to the left. Steering wheel goes off center. Jerks again & steering wheel realigns. Also, have had to replace front wheel bearing 5 times. Car is a 2002 Kia Rio. Purchased in 2005 w/35K on it.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    turn your steering wheel and the noise starts



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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.

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  • bwy23 Sep 16, 2010

    this is not an alignment issue as i have the exact same problem. If you notice you will have no issues when coasting (vehicle off, key on) or when the vehicle is in neutral. Is this true for you?

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    williampo462 Oct 25, 2012

    it is for me on a pontiac g6

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    williampo462 Oct 25, 2012

    i lose all electrical power battery trys to die but i i put it N then rev the engine up and the battery will charge back to normal



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