The check engine light came on 2 months ago. Yesterday it started to "bind" when I turned the wheel backing out of my driveway and going aroudn the culdesac. The the AT oil temp light started to blink 16 times fast when I started the vehicle but then goes off after blinking 16 times. Any suggestions of what might be going on?
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Re: Binding when making tight turns
Duty solenoid that controls transfer clutches may be at fault,check the obvious first starting with level and condition of trans fluid if its ok make sure all tire sizes are correct and same,different tire sizes can cause binding in turns, all tires need to same circumfrence,if this is ok there is a empty fuse slot i believe in fuse box under the hood,place fuse in slot marked FWD,by putting a 15amp fuse in this slot it forces trans into front wheel drive a warning light on the dash will illuminate FWD,drive the car in your culdesac and hpefully binding wont occur signaling a problem with your transfer case either the clutches or that duty solenoid,the check engine lamp is probably not related to this concern good luck!
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If Disc brakes jack up wheels , make sure the cable is not binding or frozen , pull hand leaver on three clicks, adjust cable till brakes just start to bind, release hand brake and check the wheels are free to turn. Drum brake check cables are free, back off cable till slack, check lining to drum adjusters are free and adjust if need be, pull hand brake on three clicks, adjust cable so brakes just start to bind release hand brake and make sure the wheels are free to turn ,
check belt is tight and or not damaged if good check power steering fluid if low can cause binding if good have alternator and battery checked alternator may be going bad and not charging battery [and if bearing going bad can cause binding }
sounds like the steering wheel is binding up the ignition. While
turning the ignition key, turn the steer wheel back and forth. You will
need to apply a bit of force to turn the steering wheel to overcome the
Remove the lower steering column cover and check to see if the rod from the ign. lock and tumbler to the ignition switch is binding up. If it's ok, you're problem may be the bearing under the steering wheel being broken.
Here is a check list I have my technicians use for diagnosing this kind os issue. Increase in Effort While Turning Steering Wheel Step Action Yes No 1 Did you review the Power Steering System Description and Operation and perform the necessary inspections? Go to Step 2 Go to Power Steering System Description and Operation 2 Verify that there is an increase in effort while turning is present. Does the system operate normally? System OK Go to Step 3 3 Check for the following tire related conditions: ? Incorrect tire inflation--Refer to Tire Inflation Pressure Specifications in Maintenance and Lubrication. ? Improper tire size Did you find and correct the condition? Go to Step 10 Go to Step 4 4 Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information. Check for a binding or worn tie rod end. Is the tie rod binding or worn? Go to Step 7 Go to Step 5 5 Check for a worn or binding intermediate shaft. Is the intermediate shaft worn or binding? Go to Step 8 Go to Step 6 6 Check for a worn or binding steering gear. Is the steering worn or binding? Go to Step 9 System OK 7 Replace the outer tie rod end. Refer to Rack and Pinion Outer Tie Rod End Replacement . Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 8 Replace the intermediate shaft. Refer to Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in Steering Wheel and Column. Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 9 Replace the steering gear. Refer to Steering Gear Replacement . Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 10 Operate the system in order to verify the repair. Did you correct the condition? System OK Go to Step 3