Question about 2007 Suzuki XL-7
I have asked this question a few times before Can steering while car is stationary in drive cause any sort of damage to a car. I was messing around with my car one day and turned the steering all the way left and all the way right about 15-20 times. The steering wheel felt slightly tight to one side so I thought maybe there might be some air in the power steering pump, and I thought that would help get the air out. But since I did this, the car seems to be running rough. When I let off the accelerator the car does not coast and seems to lose speed rapidly. And just recently it has started to occassionally sputter on acceleration. When I accelerate for the first time I will hear a light thunk near where the cas pedal is but it wont do it again after that. Now the car seems like it takes about 2 seconds to go into gear from park. Could this wheel turning thing damaged a joint which in turn has started damaging my transmission? Could it damage anything which in turn could eventually damage the transmission? Would what I did be consiedered abuse to the vehicle, and void my warranty? Don't people steer stationary all the time, like when parellel parking and getting out of tight spaces? My car is a 2009 CRV. If anyone has any kind of information or advice they could give me, I would greatly appreciate it. I have taken the car to the dealer and they claim nothing is wrong but I think they are just ignoring these problems cause they don't want to fix it under warrantly These problems have greatly frustrated me, and I am afraid I did something to mess up my brand new car. If anyone has any advice or input I would greatly appreciate it.
In my experience the steering issue is unrelated to your car sputtering.
#1 Sputtering is the result of engine misfires, poor or improper fuel delivery, and/or inadequate air delivery. Hesitation and noises at standard shift points (ie: 3500+ RPM depending on how heavy your foot is) is a side effect of a faulty transmission, or transmission components (solenoids, torque converters, gears, etc.)
#2 Turing your stering wheel while the car is stationary will not damage your vehicle. The stering wheel system in your car is as you mentioned power assisted. The rack and pinion (steering gear) actually performs the function of moving the wheels. The system is pressure lubricated by the power steering pump via high pressure lines. Air in the system may damage the rack, but is more likely to damage your pump fist. Difficulty turning the steering wheel on a vehicle equipped with power steering can be the result of a damaged steering gear (rack and pinion), A damaged rack is unlikely unless the car was in a collision, or the car was run for an extended duration of time with no power steering fluid. The latter is less likely because the sound of a dry pump would be obvious and extremely noticable.
#3 You should take your vehicle to another dealer and start keeping documents provided by the dealer follwoing inspection or service. The dealer must honor their warranty, as a contractual agreement. I am not sure what state you reside in but, you could qualify for vehicle replacement under some states lemon law provisions. Google lemon law to learn the steps you can take if you feel like your brand new car may qualify.
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