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Old 11-03-2004, 05:20 PM
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hard steering and jerking

it just started a couple days ago, but when i go to turn a corner my steering wheel gets really hard to turn and kinda jerks around a bit, power steering fluid is all ok so im thinking it has something to do with my linkage because i just had the idler arm replaced and i was going to replace the center link too but couldnt find one in canada and havent ordered from the US yet so the old one got put back on, any help would be nice to fix that...its anoying

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Old 11-03-2004, 05:58 PM
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what kind of car is it? it could be a loose power steering belt or a bad pump. usually you wont get a binding from center links or idler arms that usually showes up as ckunking or poping. it also could be your steering box
do you hear the power steering pump whining?
just a few things to consider.
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:14 PM
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its a 79 firebird, and every once and a while i do hear sort of a pop or some sort of sound...also around the same time i started having this problem my heater hasnt been working very well and my car overheats, the water warning light comes on and i park it for a bit....i dont see how it could over heat tho its the middle of winter and i live in CANADA
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:11 PM
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i doubt that the two problems are related. did you do the front end work yourself?why do you need to replace the center link? if you get under the car whith the wheels on the ground (not jacked up ) pull up and down on the tie rod ends and the center link and pitman arm to see if there is any play. it could also be a ball joint. to check your ball joints you need to jack up the car and put a jackstand under the control arm and let the jack down keeping the wheel about 2 or 3 inches off the ground.then get a tire iron or pry bar of some kind and place it under the wheel and pry up against the bottom of the tire working it up and down a few times there should be no play at all. if the wheel moves or clunks replace the ball joints and soon. or you can put your wheel in the trunk after it falls off the car.

as for the overheating , flush out the coolant system (it is full right?) you could have a blockage
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Old 11-04-2004, 02:27 AM
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Check the belts......sounds like it is slipping which will cause both steering problems and overheating as the belt isn't turning the water pump fast enough.
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Old 11-04-2004, 11:20 AM
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i didn't even think of that,sounds possible to me.
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