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Steering wander - unsafe to drive more than 80kph

I've had the steering rack services, wheels aligned

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SOURCE: steers hard when turning around

try lucas power steering stop-leak. drain some of the fuild and then pour that in. it is for surging rack & pinions, not just for leaks. if that doesn't work then you may have a defective rebuilt rack.
check power steering pump pressure, might be weak.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: light steering and wander

Have the alignment checked, after all that, its got to be off spec.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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SOURCE: ford focus feels unsafe and not holding road

have a look at the front wishbone rear bushes, these can pop out

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a steering problem. Vehicle wanders and

A low tire will cause the truck to pull to one side,check the air preasure on the side that the truck pulls to.And of course who ever did the alignment may have made a mistake when doing the alignment.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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SOURCE: I had a new rack

Seems to me the steering wheel was not aligned to the central position when the new rack was installed. This may be a job that needs to be rectified by the installer. If the steering is sloppy thisoo may need to be looked at by the installer.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010

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