1993 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder steering harder turn especially left ? not sure what could have

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Old 09 May 2014, 05:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
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just caused this to happen? I have a 1993 Toyota Camry 2.2 4 cylinder with a 5 speed manual transaxle with 177,000 miles that just as of today the steering wheel is harder to turn, especially to the left. The steering gets hard to turn every 1/4 turn of the steering wheel, and alternates, hard to easy, as the steering wheel is fully turned through the entire range more pronounced turning left than right. Feels like something is sticking or binding. The power steering fluid is ok, belt tension is ok, no leaks, tires inflated properly, and that is all I can think of. There are no noises whatsoever when the steering is turned all the way from right to left and back. Now the one thing I noticed is when I go over a bump and it does not have to be two big coming from the left front I here kind of like a ba-boom noise like it hit something and this is only over a bump left side only. It almost sounds as if the wheel would be hitting the well which I know it isn?t. Could it possibly be a bad strut causing a turning problem?
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Old 09 May 2014, 05:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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You might want to look at bleeding you steering system. Also yes you should look at you strut.
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Old 09 May 2014, 06:10 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The rack and pinion could have developed a seal problem internally that's not allowing the left side to fully pressurize.A defective part in the rack could also be the source of the noise.Some vehicles also have a power steering pressure switch that regulates pressure to the rack and pinion which can go bad.The strut usually only affects the car while hitting bumps rather than when you're turning the wheel left or right.The rack controls how far the wheels are allowed to move inward and outward,so if the rack is letting the wheel move past its designed lock to lock position,the wheel could most definitely be hitting the wheel well.The inner and outer tie rods are connected to the outside ends of the rack,then the outer tie rod attaches to the spindle or steering knuckle.When you turn the wheel,the steering shaft turns the gearbox on the rack,then the inside of the rack moves the tie rods,which in turn moves the steering knuckle that the rim is attached to through the spindle.
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Old 09 May 2014, 06:25 pm   #4 (permalink)
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i call ACE's comment on a strut and raise him a couple of ball joints! thumbs!















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me thinks there's a lt strut or left ball joint(upper/lower/both?) in play here. could be one or both. chassis rolls to the rt under a left turn, relieves ball joints or strut. lets the ball joints/strut move a little. steering is reporting it.















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"when I go over a bump and it does not have to be two big coming from the left front I here kind of like a ba-boom noise like it hit something and this is only over a bump left side only."















if i were a betting man, i'd go with ball joints. but could easily be a strut issue. even both.















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'93. might simply cash it in. have the entire front end inspected. "inspections" anyway, are usually free. what happens on one side can be xfered to the other. interconnected. and! she's not the newest kid on the block for sure.
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Holey Mufflers raises the most important point - if the ball joints are failing it is absolutely critical you get them replaced. The first source has some pictures of cars that had ball joint failures... not pretty at all. If the noise is from anti-sway bar bushings you can treat it more lightly. That free inspection is a big bargain.































Your description of the way it gets tighter and looser makes me think the u-joint in the lower steering shaft (part 9 in the second source) is worn and/or needs lubrication. It may have sealed bearing cups, in which case replacement is the only option.































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