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wobble of the steering is a wheel alignment problem regardless of having an alignment done
if your vehicle has a "live"front axle ( not independent suspension) the alignment is fixed to toe in toe out settings by the manufacturer
however spring sag and pivot pin(king pin bearings)wear alters that setting
There are devices available on the market that can be fitted by accredited suspension service shops that allow the alteration of the castor and camber settings ( you have a castor wobble) so talk with these shops and get ideas of what you can do
if it has independent suspension these settings can be easily set and should be set to around 1 to 1 1/2 degrees positive with toe in set to around 1/8 ti 1/4 "
a point that most alignment shops don't mention is that the rear end has to be aligned first so that the steering wheels are in the same "track" otherwise the front alignment is a waste if time as the vehicle will tend to run sideways down the road
it is an extra cost but well wort the expense when chasing a problem
next point --if the cv or "U" joints are failing then they will tend to have hard stops when steering and this will set of steering problems
lastly , big wide tyres are hard to align because of the amount of rubber on the road and to get the comprise between correct alignment and reduced tyre wear is hard to achieve
Improperly balanced wheels can cause the wheels to wobble at speed which can be felt through the steering wheel. A local tyre shop can test the wheels for balance and make the necessary adjustments to the wheels by adding weights to even out the balance.
What you have is called death wobble. begin with properly balanced tires. Generally the most frequent cause of the wobble is a bad ball joint,(check first) track bar bushing or elongated track bar mount hole. It can also be caused by steering box becoming loose on the chassis or a combination of slightly loose steering components, any of which alone would not matter. The steering damper (sideways shock on steering linkage) is often blamed for the wobble. It can be damaged by the wobble but it will not cause it. Replacing it may eliminate the problem for a week or so but it will return as soon as the damper fails again.
check tyres out of round and rimd as well take off the wheels and put them on a balancer,to see if theyre ok,track bar made it worse because it took any play out of the steering making it feel worse,check wheel bearings and stub axels
Hi I am Vortash .. I have to say first that this is not a car I have ever worked on , but it's a car so the fundementals will still be the same . Steering shudder usually occours due to 4 things Road wheels or suspension or steering itself ( this includes the ball joints that you say you have replaced )
1/ when you have new tyres fitted it is usually par for the course that they are balanced , this is the wheel is spun mechanicaly and a machine measures the axis wobble or TRUE .. a metal weight is placed at a point indicated by the machine to equalise the weight and give a true spin.... These weights sometimes come off causing the wheel to shake .
The wheels are buckled pot holes cause severe camage if hit at speed also knocking the tracking out causing tyre exstensive tyre wear .
2/ The suspension uhits .. if they become damaged they themselves wobble transfering movement to the steering
3/ steering the track rod ends wear and become loose allowing the front wheels to again wobble and run out of true .
4/ wheel bearings worn severly
The popping you hear I suspect is the sound of the tyres being dragged one way or the other traping air and poping it out , but I would have thought to do this the tyre pressure would have to be extreemly low .. you should have a miniumum of 24psi in the front and 28psi in the rear which is increased at the by 10% if towing .
if you can feel wobble through steer wheel ? suggest you have steering gear/joints etc checked ? also chack tyres for pressure/ wear? abnormal tread pattern would suggest tracking or steering fault ? if all above is ok ? than do a visual and physical check on engine mountins and drive shafts if you could come back with any more info history prior to this fault occuring? or any things you find on above checks ? please come back with update or if you req advice hope this is of some help