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Old 14 Feb 2011, 05:44 pm   #1 (permalink)
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My car has 2 steering symptoms. The first feels like bump steer,
whenever I go over a bump the car seems to change direction. This is
especially bad in a turn.

The second symptom is always present, even on smooth roads. When you
keep the steering wheel straight, the car pulls in one direction.
After a mile or so, it pulls in the other direction. It's as if the
car can't keep its toe/alignment.

What can cause such behavior? Tie rods?

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Tripurari
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Old 15 Feb 2011, 09:18 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"ts" <singh.tripurari@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> My car has 2 steering symptoms. The first feels like bump steer,
> whenever I go over a bump the car seems to change direction. This is
> especially bad in a turn.
>
> The second symptom is always present, even on smooth roads. When you
> keep the steering wheel straight, the car pulls in one direction.
> After a mile or so, it pulls in the other direction. It's as if the
> car can't keep its toe/alignment.
>
> What can cause such behavior? Tie rods?
>
> Thanks,
> Tripurari


Some additional information would be useful in diagnosing the cause of the
condition, like vehicle type and model, model year, mileage (kilometers
driven - kilometerage?), suspension and alignment history, condition, age,
and mileage on the tires.

There are several possible causes to the symptom you are experiencing.
The ball joints at the ends of the tie rods can be worn or damaged;
You could have a damaged tire - like a broken belt in the tire
One or more wheels may not be mounted properly
The steering rack ends can be worn;
The steering rack can be damaged or not mounted securely
You could have one or more loose suspension bolts;
You could have one or more broken suspension components
You could have a worn or damaged bushing on the control arm, strut mount, or
rack mount.

The car should be put on a lift and inspected.

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Old 16 Feb 2011, 03:09 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Feb 15, 7:18*pm, "Ray O" <rokig...@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote:
> "ts" <singh.tripur...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:7ece5a13-277c-405f-b120-19a546171acd@i39g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
>
> > My car has 2 steering symptoms. The first feels like bump steer,
> > whenever I go over a bump the car seems to change direction. This is
> > especially bad in a turn.

>
> > The second symptom is always present, even on smooth roads. When you
> > keep the steering wheel straight, the car pulls in one direction.
> > After a mile or so, it pulls in the other direction. It's as if the
> > car can't keep its toe/alignment.

>
> > What can cause such behavior? Tie rods?

>
> > Thanks,
> > Tripurari

>
> Some additional information would be useful in diagnosing the cause of the
> condition, like vehicle type and model, model year, mileage (kilometers
> driven - kilometerage?), suspension and alignment history, condition, age,
> and mileage on the tires.
>
> There are several possible causes to the symptom you are experiencing.
> The ball joints at the ends of the tie rods can be worn or damaged;
> You could have a damaged tire - like a broken belt in the tire
> One or more wheels may not be mounted properly
> The steering rack ends can be worn;
> The steering rack can be damaged or not mounted securely
> You could have one or more loose suspension bolts;
> You could have one or more broken suspension components
> You could have a worn or damaged bushing on the control arm, strut mount,or
> rack mount.
>
> The car should be put on a lift and inspected.
>
> --
>
> Ray O
> (correct punctuation to reply)


The car is a 95 Lexus ES300 with 180K miles on it. It car has been
driven less than 5K miles since it got new tires, new control arm
bushings and passed state inspection.

Thanks,
Tripurari
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Old 16 Feb 2011, 10:17 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"ts" <singh.tripurari@gmail.com> wrote in message
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On Feb 15, 7:18 pm, "Ray O" <rokig...@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote:
> "ts" <singh.tripur...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:7ece5a13-277c-405f-b120-19a546171acd@i39g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
>
> > My car has 2 steering symptoms. The first feels like bump steer,
> > whenever I go over a bump the car seems to change direction. This is
> > especially bad in a turn.

>
> > The second symptom is always present, even on smooth roads. When you
> > keep the steering wheel straight, the car pulls in one direction.
> > After a mile or so, it pulls in the other direction. It's as if the
> > car can't keep its toe/alignment.

>
> > What can cause such behavior? Tie rods?

>
> > Thanks,
> > Tripurari

>
> Some additional information would be useful in diagnosing the cause of the
> condition, like vehicle type and model, model year, mileage (kilometers
> driven - kilometerage?), suspension and alignment history, condition, age,
> and mileage on the tires.
>
> There are several possible causes to the symptom you are experiencing.
> The ball joints at the ends of the tie rods can be worn or damaged;
> You could have a damaged tire - like a broken belt in the tire
> One or more wheels may not be mounted properly
> The steering rack ends can be worn;
> The steering rack can be damaged or not mounted securely
> You could have one or more loose suspension bolts;
> You could have one or more broken suspension components
> You could have a worn or damaged bushing on the control arm, strut mount,
> or
> rack mount.
>
> The car should be put on a lift and inspected.
>
> --
>
> Ray O
> (correct punctuation to reply)


The car is a 95 Lexus ES300 with 180K miles on it. It car has been
driven less than 5K miles since it got new tires, new control arm
bushings and passed state inspection.

Thanks,
Tripurari

*****
OK, remove control arm bushings from the list I posted above. Everything
else is still a possibility. The car should have gotten an alignment when
the control arm bushings were installed, so add the possibility that
something that was loosened to perform the alignment wasn't tightened
properly, or the steering and suspension components were not checked
thoroughly.

Check your tire pressure; I recommend 35 or 36 PSI for your car.

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Ray O
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