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When your driving theres a little slop in the steering

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Check your power steering for fluid level.If its ok you most probably have worn track rod ends or bottom ball joints

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What else can make front end shimmy besides tie rods?

basically everything can didnt specify type of vehicle so well go thru list first tires out of balance or under inflated and or oversized for vehicle ---hub /wheel bearing going bad ---upper or lower ball joint bad or damaged ----upper or lower control arm bushings---shocks/struts bad ---tie rods not properly installed ---idler arm bad or damaged --steering box/steering rack bad or damaged

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I have a 2007 Saturn ion. I have replaced most of front end components and had it aligned. It sometimes pulls to the left then the next time it will pull to the right. If it's windy or going around a long...

I am a tech at a Domestic/Euro auto shop, and we have seen your isue arrise when there is worn seals in the power rack and pinion system. I would suspect ta worn power steering rack with what you have stated in your post.

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2" of slop in the

Since the slop is gone, it is probably an alignment problem now-check for binding but in most cases it is a caster issue.

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Steering was loose while driving and turning, then suddenly would **** to the right

It sounds like you have at least one bad tie rod end....this is the most likely problem, but I have listed other things to check out.

To figure out which tie rod end(s) are bad, you need to jack the front end up and put it on jackstands, or if you have a buddy that works at a shop that can put it on a lift, that is even better.

With the front end jacked up and the steering unlocked, have somebody turn the wheel left and right and watch as the tie rods (the rods that actually "steer" the wheels) move - there should be no "play" or looseness in either the inner or outer tie rod ends.... the large turnbuckle looking ends on the rods. Most often, it is the outer tie rod ends that go bad, and if it is pulling right on you the one on the right side is most suspect. Also try and hold one wheel at a time still while your buddy steers and see if there is any slop.... there should be ZERO play or slop between the steering wheel and the front wheels.

Bad ball joints can also cause steering problems. With the front still jacked up, grab a wheel and try and shake it up and down, in and out. If you feel it move, replace both the upper and lower balljoints on that wheel (only one set may be bad, but if so, the other is certainly worn!).

Bad wheel bearings can also cause steering problems, and allot of shaking and vibration when you are driving. If you can shake your jacked up wheel any which way and it is loose, or if you spin the wheel and hear allot of crunching noises, you have bad wheel bearings.

All of these problems are serious, and if you have a sudden complete failure of the bad part while you are driving, you can lose control of your truck. You need to determine which of the above is causing your problem and take care of it immediately. The best answer is to go to a qualified mechanic, but if you are up to doing it yourself, be careful and don't try and do it all alone.

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I had a new rack put on my 93 5.0 mustang. The steering wheel is turned to the right when driving straight, not pulling. Seems like a little play in steering wheel. How do you fix this? Thanks

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.

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Truck tends to have a lot of slop in the steering, must continually move the steering wheel back a forth (seesawing) to maintain the vehicle in it's lane.

depending on the year, there is an adjustment on the steering gearbox to take the slack out of it. kind of job which needs a trained person with proper tools. you may find that if the vehicle is so old that the steering gearbox is shot, there could be a lot of slop in the tie rod ends and ball joints. Also used to be a steering arm "mirror" unit called an idler, i think, on rear wheel drive vehicles, which sits on the opposite side of the car and keeps the tie rod connector parallel with the line defined by the front axles. If you have one and it is bad could cause your problem.

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there is a bar that goes from the front axle on the passenger side to the frame on the driver side possibly called a track bar. have someone turn the steering wheel left and right while watching for slop. also look for slop on the rest of the steering system. after that if nothing is found have a front end alighnment done.

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