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Drag links are an important part of your cars steering and suspension systems. Common signs of failure include loose steering and uneven tire wear.
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If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with your car. Depending on the vehicle, your front end...
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How Long Does a Steering Stabilizer Stop Last?
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How Long Does a Steering Rack/Gearbox Last?
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How Long Do Trailing Arm Bushings Last?
The trailing arm bushings join the axle and pivot point on the body of the vehicle. They are part of a trailing arm suspension in your vehicle. The front trailing arm...
How Long Do Wheel Bearings Last?
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How Long Does a Wheel Hub Assembly Last?
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How to Unlock a Steering Wheel
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What Does the Steering Lock Warning Light Mean?
The steering lock indicator light means your steering wheel is locked and can not be moved, usually until the vehicle's keys are present.
How Does Car Steering Work?
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What to Do if Your Car Fishtails
Fishtailing is a type of skidding, usually caused by over-steering in icy weather. Careful adjustment to driving should be taken to stay safe.
How to Replace a Steering Rack Bushing
You'll know when steering rack bushings are faulty when steering feels loose or bumpy, or if you hear a noise like something is falling off the car.
How to Replace a Steering Gear Adjuster Plug
Maintaining reliable steering is important for every driver. A common sign of a faulty steering gear adjuster plug is a loose steering wheel.
How Bad Driving Prematurely Wears Out Your Car
Bad drivers and bad driving habits can cause strain on car parts, especially the tires, brakes, body, and electrical and steering systems.
How to Replace a Steering Angle Sensor
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How to Lube Your Car's Steering and Suspension Parts
Your steering and suspension components are important for a stable car. By lubricating your tire rod ends and ball joints you will have a smooth ride.
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Steering wheel is hard to turn whenever I slow down turning a corner and when stopped.
In order to test the power steering pump you'll need to produce the correct amount of pressure. A mechanic would need to do a high pressure test to get the pressure of the pump. You may have a bad power...
Knocking noise and tough turns.
The knocking noise could be a result of many possible things such as failing steering components or potentially engine noises. Unfortunately, in order to properly diagnose, it will require a professional mechanic taking a look at the car and taking...
Heavy vibration when braking above 40 mph. Also vibrates in the steering wheel
This may be a variety of things, such as wheels and tires out-of-balance, poor alignment, worn or failing wheel bearings, worn or failing control arm bushings, or worn or failing suspension components. A wheel bearing will usually fail due...
Stiff power steering after being hit in the front tire.
Hello there, many faults will cause the power steering on your 1999 BMW 323i to become stiff after getting hit on the front tire. The most likely would be damage to the power steering rack from the impact to the...
Recently my steering wheel has become difficult to turn and does not return to center after turning
Volvo had a problem with the seals on the steering angle gear for this model. It is possible this problem has introduced moisture and grit into the steering mechanism, making it hard to turn (or stiff on return). There are...
The car keeps displaying a power steering light on the dashboard followed by hardened steering
Toyota Corollas from 2009 and newer have electronic power steering and no power steering pump. The problem lies within the steering column and the electric power steering electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU has failed and is no longer giving...
My car vibrates when it's in gear, even at idle. There is less vibration in park or neutral.
Hi there. This type of vibration in my history has usually been the result of a weak, split, or broken engine mount or metal fatigue in the body. A visual inspection of the engine mounts can be a quick determination...
Why does my steering wheel make a growling noise when it's turned?
Hi there. Assuming the growling noise in your steering wheel is inside the vehicle, this would lead me to believe there is a problem with steering shaft bearings. It is rare for these bearings to fail. It could also be...
Control arm
Hello. It would not be a bad idea to change the camber kit and control arm at the same time, as these components usually wear together. A faulty camber arm can indeed cause accelerated wear on control arms and other...
Dealer found error codes C1231 and C1201. Does my car have a faulty steering angle sensor and need a new charcoal canister?
Hello. Go back and speak with your Toyota dealer. There is a Technical Service Bulletin (358305) that addresses the two problem codes and scenario you describe. The dealer will update the software for the ABS system to correct this problem....
Power steering makes a soft "click" sound while driving and then goes out.
Depending on the model of Saturn that you have, the vehicle may have electric power steering. If the vehicle has electric power steering, it is possible that an electrical fault may exist. This fault could be located in the relay,...
Steering wheel lock system prevents my car from starting
Hello. These fixes are band aids. If you want to repair the vehicle correctly then the steering lock module and assembly need to be replaced. This will allow the system to work as designed. If you bypass it you can...
Key won't turn and steering wheel isn't locked
Hello. Keys can get stuck in the ignition in several ways. These causes can be electrical or mechanical. If mechanical, the key may be bent. The ignition cylinder can also get dirt and debris stuck inside of it causing a...
Is my rack opinion damaged?
The rack and pinion gear set does two things: It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the wheels. It also provides a gear reduction, making it easier to turn the wheels...
My steering wheel is shaking after hitting 45 mph.
If there was no vibration prior to this work, I would first check to make sure that the rack is properly torqued to the body and also check the tie rod ends. If any of these connections or fasteners are...
Could the power steering pressure sensor cause my steering wheel to be hard or hard to steer?
Hello. The pressure switch (or "sensor") on your vehicle supplies a signal to the engine computer to increase engine idle speed as the power steering line pressure increases. If the switch were bad, what you would notice is the engine...
Vibration in the steering wheel when turning into a parking spot or driveway.
Hi there. This sounds like there could be a potential problem in the power steering system. A shuddering/sticking valve in the steering rack, a weak power steering pump, or low fluid level may be the cause. For an issue like...
Popping noise at low speed turns
Hi. This is a tricky one. In my experience, I have seen lower control arms cause this problem. The lower control arms have rubber bushings in them and sometimes those rubber bushings crack or become dry rotten and causing a...
Steering wheel is locked. I have tried turning left and right and jiggling the key but nothing happens - 2012 Volkswagen Jetta
I would recommend attempting this again to see if you can release the ignition. If you cannot release the steering wheel, I would then ask someone who is larger than you who may have more strength to try. If they...
The steering wheel is locked. I have tried turning left and right and jiggling the key but nothing happens.
I would recommend attempting this again to see if you can release the ignition. If you cannot release the steering wheel, I would then ask someone who is larger than you, who may have more strength, to try. If...

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