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Old 01-29-2003, 02:18 PM
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My steering wheel changes where it is centered while driving and I just got an alignment 2 weeks ago.

It will just jerk into place and go "on" or "off" center after i make a left or right turn. it keeps switching back and forth "on" and "off". strange feeling.

any thoughts? my steering box is less than 2 years old.

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Old 01-29-2003, 02:19 PM
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also, i feel the jerk in the wheels and not just on my steering wheel.

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When you had it aligned, did they say you needed any additional repairs? Have you checked anything yourself? The description so far narrows it down to the entire front end (that's if it's not the REAR end causing the problem). Does it make a click/clunking sound when applying/releasing the brakes? Jack the front wheels off the ground and check the ball joints/upper and lower control arm bushings. Then check the tie rod ends, the draglink, and the idler arm. This would be a good start. I can't believe the guy that did the alignment did'nt notice or tell you about any problems. I guess he doesn't like to make money. Good luck
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Had something similar to this once. A guy came in to the shop complaining of eratic handling, he had the truck aligned several weeks earlier at a tire shop. I jacked up the truck by the lower control arms and shook down the front end for loose parts (like you do for an alignment). The left side felt horrible so I removed the wheel/tire to find out the guy that did the alignment didn't tighten the nuts enough on the eccentric bolts in the upper control arms and they had come loose. Everytime the vehicles weight shifted the upper control arm shifted in and out of alignment. It's a long shot but I would double check your front end.
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he did say i need front end work to replace bushings, etc. but, I never had the steering wheel move like that. it does feel like the right control arm is loose or something.

the place is actually well respected in the city for alignment work with classics.

I'm taking it back tom.
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