Steering Issue with 1989 Camry

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Old 08 Feb 2005, 05:32 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hard to describe this, but the steering feels a bit sticky when moving
away from on-centre to about 1/8 turn away from there. Then it is
very free. It also seems to happen at other positions when it has
been at that position for a few seconds. You don't even notice it on
the highway, but lumpy steering is a nuisance around town. I'm
guessing the U-joint at the bottom of the steering column - any
experience/suggestions here? (before I spend $100+ on a replacement
part).
Thanks muchly,
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Old 08 Feb 2005, 08:29 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 15:32:55 -0800, H2Only wrote:

> Hard to describe this, but the steering feels a bit sticky when moving
> away from on-centre to about 1/8 turn away from there. Then it is
> very free. It also seems to happen at other positions when it has
> been at that position for a few seconds. You don't even notice it on
> the highway, but lumpy steering is a nuisance around town. I'm
> guessing the U-joint at the bottom of the steering column - any
> experience/suggestions here? (before I spend $100+ on a replacement
> part).
> Thanks muchly,
> H2Only


Greease it? And not with WD-40, but with some real oil.

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Old 09 Feb 2005, 08:58 am   #3 (permalink)
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Hard to really be much help from your brief descriptions but it could be
your power steering pump is getting gummed up with garbage after all these
years. Have you backflushed it and then changed the fluid in the resevoir
within the last few years ? This was the cure for a "sticky" steering wheel
for me.

Doug


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Old 09 Feb 2005, 10:33 am   #4 (permalink)
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The power steering unit takes ATF not power steering fluid, suck it out
, pour in new, it may help

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Old 09 Feb 2005, 11:16 am   #5 (permalink)
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"H2Only" <gsnieder@canspec.com> wrote in message
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> Hard to describe this, but the steering feels a bit sticky when moving
> away from on-centre to about 1/8 turn away from there. Then it is
> very free. It also seems to happen at other positions when it has
> been at that position for a few seconds. You don't even notice it on
> the highway, but lumpy steering is a nuisance around town. I'm
> guessing the U-joint at the bottom of the steering column - any
> experience/suggestions here? (before I spend $100+ on a replacement
> part).
> Thanks muchly,
> H2Only


Those little uni-joints can get very tight with age, and no amount of
lubricating can clean out the rust and dried out grease which causes small
bearings to sieze. I'd also be having your power steering pump and the
actual rack and pinion steering unit checked right out, as the force it
takes to move the front wheels (when the car is stationary for example) is
much greater than turning a tight U-joint.

There are seals and valves within steering rack which can leak or stick
giving wierd symptoms.


Jason


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Old 09 Feb 2005, 04:38 pm   #6 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> The power steering unit takes ATF not power steering fluid, suck it
> out , pour in new, it may help


Power steering units are not filled with garden variety Dexron from the
factory. ATF is only acceptably compatable and is available everywhere.
Always use power steering fluids unless all you can get is ATF.
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~Philip.



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Old 11 Feb 2005, 11:56 am   #7 (permalink)
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ransley@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote in message news:<6680-420A3B41-26@storefull-3138.bay.webtv.net>...
> The power steering unit takes ATF not power steering fluid, suck it out
> , pour in new, it may help


Thanks for the suggestion. Changing all fluids and belts is something
I routinely do when buying a used car, so I'll start with that. Just
hope this problem doesn't work its way up to the steering rack . . .

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Old 11 Feb 2005, 08:34 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry Philly Power Steering fluid is Not compatible or do you
recommend ATF in the motor as well if you run out of Oil , You are a
Hack..............

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Old 11 Feb 2005, 08:56 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 20:34:44 -0600, m Ransley wrote:

> Sorry Philly Power Steering fluid is Not compatible or do you
> recommend ATF in the motor as well if you run out of Oil , You are a
> Hack..............


Actually, hydraulic fluid is pretty much hydraulic fluid. I have heard of
some cars using ATF in the PS pump, but not often...

And I certainly wouldn't use PSF as AFT!!!

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Old 11 Feb 2005, 09:50 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Many Canrys are OEM ATF in Trans , differential and power steering .
To recommend switching is a HACKs idea, A real hack.

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