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Does my car need an alignment? On freeway, my car ''drifts'' (not pulls) and feels like I'm driving on ice. I'm always correcting my steering.

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If your wheels are bad enough, they can wobble and cause what you're experiencing. The should be uneven wear on your tires as well.

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Hi it sounds like you need a wheel alignment make sure you check for bad parts usually when you feel these symptoms there's defective parts and also get a four wheel alignment your car has wheel alignment in the rear good luck

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When you have front end problems like that it helps to underinflate the tires a little, so instead of the 32-35psi, try 28.

Note this is not a fix, just a band-aide to get you by untill you fix the problem.

These old Chryslers are great cars, but they do have front end issues. The front steering/suspension is pretty precise and way ahead of its time. When the parts wear out, watch out.

Inspect steering box, the play can be adjusted. Check tire rod ends, wheel bearings, control arm bushing, ball joints, pitman & idler arm.

Then have the alignment checked. Be sure your front tires match each other in size, brand, & tread. Be sure to run radials, bias-plys are known for their drifting.

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Hello Mohamede.

Not sure what your question is here.

I will post a couple of common issues with the Elantra steering problems.
Hopefully one of these following problems will assist you.

1. SERVICE TIP - POWER STEERING OIL PUMP WHINE NOISE DESCRIPTION:
Before replacing a power steering oil pump for a "whine" noise condition, check the oil pump reservoir filter screen for contamination. If the filter screen at the bottom of the oil pump reservoir is clogged, it may cause the pump to aerate and cause a "whine" noise.
If the filter screen is clogged, replace the reservoir and reconfirm the condition.

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ABSOLUTE STEERING POSITION (ASP) CALIBRATION FOR ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS) DESCRIPTION:
This bulletin provides the Absolute Steering Position (ASP) calibration method for 2007-2009 ELANTRA (HD) and 2009 ELANTRA TOURING (FD) Electric Power Steering (EPS or Motor-Driven Power Steering). This procedure is required when the battery is discharged or after the battery or EPS-related parts are replaced.
NOTE:
If the EPS ASP calibration is not conducted when the battery is discharged or after the battery or EPS-related parts are replaced, the EPS and or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) warning lamp will be turned on and the automatic EPS return-to-center control will not be performed. VEHICLES AFFECTED:
Model: 2007-2010 ELANTRA (HD), 2009-2010 ELANTRA TOURING (FD)
3. Subject:
DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF VEHICLE PULL This bulletin supersedes TSB 05-50-012 to include 2009 models
DESCRIPTION:
Several factors may cause vehicle pull, both vehicle related and external conditions. The purpose of this bulletin is to assist in identifying the vehicle related conditions that cause pull and how to correct those conditions.
CAUSES OF VEHICLE PULL:
Vehicle pull is the tendency of the vehicle to drift right or left while driving in a straight ahead direction on a straight road at a constant speed with no pressure on the steering wheel. This pull or drift may be gradual and can always be compensated for by inputs through the steering wheel. One or more of the following conditions may cause the vehicle to pull:
Non-vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
^ Cambered road surfaces - Most highways are built with cambered or "crowned" surfaces to drain rain water. Sometimes the road camber is visually noticeable. Other times, it is not. The vehicle may tend to pull to the left or right, depending on the camber of the road surface. ^ Cross-winds - A sometimes overlooked, yet possible cause of steering drift is cross-winds. Side winds at higher vehicle speeds may cause vehicle pull. Please do not rule out cross-winds when diagnosing a vehicle pull. Vehicle pull caused by these two conditions is not related to vehicle adjustments and no repair should be made.
Vehicle conditions that may cause the vehicle to pull:
^ Tire inflation pressure - As small as a 2 pounds/square inch tire inflation pressure difference between the right and left tires may cause a vehicle to pull. Be sure to check the tire pressure before the tires are warmed up prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis. ^ Wheel alignment - Slightly out of specification wheel alignment causes very few vehicles to pull. Therefore, if the vehicle wheel alignment has been adjusted as close as possible to specification, DO NOT attempt to correct the vehicle pull by changing the wheel alignment angles by bending suspension components or other non-approved methods. ^ Uneven brake adjustment - If one of the four brakes is dragging, the vehicle may pull to the side of the dragging brake. Verify that none of the brakes are dragging and that they are adjusted correctly prior to attempting more extensive diagnosis. ^ Incorrect vehicle trim height - If the trim height of the vehicle is not equal on all sides, the vehicle may pull to the side of the lower trim height. Check and adjust the trim height of the vehicle as necessary. Please note that a slight variation in the vehicle trim height seldom causes a noticeable vehicle pull.
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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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what is the condition of the tires ?


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