Steering wheel not centered,when making a full turn feels like wheel is going to pop off
Could be a multitude of things. I've seen CV joints bad enough that when into a hard full turn at a relatively slow speed, the wheel does feel like it will come off. This doesn't exist as much at highway speeds. I would tend to think you are more likely to have a problem with the front suspension and tie rod ends than in the steering system itself.
You can visaully check the front end by turning your wheel hard left and crawling undeneath (usually dont have to be very much under the car) then check the "play", look for worn rubber bushings, rubber boots that are split, anything that looks obviously "bent" or anything leaking.. especially when the wheel is truned as far as it will go to the left. When one side of the the car shows wear on that axles and the other doesn't, you should notice a difference in the tread wear on one tire. Also if one side has bad CV joint and the other doesn't, you could experience symptoms like you mentioned
If you are hearing a "clicking noise" in turns, that is the bad CV joint. Even with a CV joint on tis way out, at higway speeds you will not really notice much. Only when you are turning especially when turning UP a grade.
If you have power steering, try this" on level ground start the engine and allow it to warm up. Have a friend stand in front of the car and on your signal, tell you the minute he sees the hweels begiun to turn as you slowly work the steering wheel one way, then the other. If you have turned your hands more than 2-3-4 inches from straight by the time your friend says he sees the wheel start to turn,. you have possible play in your steering system that could be dangerous.
You can also take a lug wrench and hand test the tighness of the wheel to the lugs or studs. After you have done the above and cannot dtermine the cause, I think it is time to take the car to the shop and have them put it on a lift for a full inspection.
Feb 28, 2013 |
1995 Ford Contour