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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Control Arm Assembly
Common signs include a vibrating steering wheel, steering pulling to the left or right, and clunking noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
Common signs include clunking noises and excessive vibration from the front, and you may start steering to the right or left unintentionally.
How Often Does My Car Need a Power Steering Fluid Service?
The The purpose of the power steering system is to ensure easy handling and precise direction as a vehicle is being driven. The power steering system assists steering by guiding part of an engine’s power towards one front wheel or...
How Does Power Steering Impact a Vehicle’s Handling?
Many cars today, and almost all trucks and utility vehicles, feature power steering. Power steering (also known as...
How Does Power Steering Impact a Vehicle’s Handling?
Many cars today, and almost all trucks and utility vehicles, feature power steering. Power steering (also known as...
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.
How to Unlock a Steering Wheel
When your steering wheel (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/3-essential-things-to-know-about-steering-wheels-and-covers) locks it is usually at the worst time. The good news is that it is an easy fix....
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Rack/Gearbox
Common signs include a very tight steering wheel, leaking power steering fluid, grinding noises when steering, and a burning oil smell.
How to Replace a Steering Damper
Steering dampers, also known as steering stabilizers or spirit dampers, prevent movement from traveling to the steering wheel.
How to Diagnose a Shaking Steering Wheel
An issue with your car's suspension or drive system will cause a shaking steering wheel. A tire and wheel out of balance can cause a vibration.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Pump
If you hear squealing noises, the steering wheel feels stiff, or find damage on the power steering belt, have the power steering pump replaced.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
Common signs include clunking noises and excessive vibration from the front, and you may start steering to the right or left unintentionally.
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 Does Power Steering Impact a Vehicle’s Handling?
Many cars today, and almost all trucks and utility vehicles, feature power steering. Power steering (also known as...
How to Check a Front End Assembly
If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with...
Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Sway Bar?
Your car’s suspension is very complex and requires a number of different components to provide the handling and performance that you need. One...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Rack/Gearbox
Common signs include a very tight steering wheel, leaking power steering fluid, grinding noises when steering, and a burning oil smell.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tie Rod End
Common signs of a faulty tie rod end include a front end alignment that is off, a shaky or loose steering wheel, and uneven or excessive tire wear.
How to Replace a Car's Steering Rack Gearbox
The steering gearbox transmits the driver's steering wheel inputs to the wheels so that the car turns correctly. If damaged, it should be replaced.
How to Replace a Steering Angle Sensor
A steering angle sensor fails if the Traction Control Light illuminates, the steering wheel feels loose, or the vehicle drives differently.

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Won't start

I would agree. The ignition switch (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-install-an-ignition-switch-by-robert-tomashek) is sounding like the main suspect on your Suburban. That's the only thing that could lock your steering and then cause instrument cluster to not turn on. If you want to have this...

Wheels alignment

Hello. I'll be glad to help you with this. On a straightaway, at speed, with no significant crown on the road, if the car is properly aligned, you should be able to remove your hands from the wheel and the...

Timing belt ripped and after that a weird loud sound

I don't think there was any damage done to your car. Belts break all the time, just put a new one on and it'll be fine. Your steering wheel became hard to turn because your power steering pump (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/power-steering-pump-replacement) wasn't...

The car makes noises while making a turn to the left

Depends on where the noise is coming from on your Mercedes C320. If it is from the front end, then it is likely a worn suspension component such as a sway bar link (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/stabilizer-bar-links-replacement) or a steering component like a...

Steering wheel vibrates while braking.

The people you talked to were all correct in a way. With an unbalanced tire, you will not feel the vibration at slow speeds. You will only feel it once the vehicle gets faster. It sometimes goes away with increased...

Steering wheel stiff

Hello. If it is suddenly hard to turn the steering wheel then the most common cause is the power steering pump. I typically check the belt and the fluid first. If the fluid is low then there is a leak....

Steering wheel shaking

A shaking steering wheel at low speeds can be caused by tires that are out-of-round or badly worn due to some failed suspension component. Have a technician, such as our experts here at YourMechanic, check for looseness in the front...

Steering wheel shaking

It is not good to hold the steering all the way to the left or right against the stops. This can stress the power steering components. Some shaking at the stops can be normal. I would ask for help from...

Steering wheel shakes when braking

Hi there. If the steering wheel shakes when hitting the brakes, then you are right, it does have warped rotors. If the rotors on this large of a vehicle are that warped then the rotors should be replaced (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/brake-rotor-disc-replacement) to...

steering wheel noise

The shaking could be your tie rods. There are two sets of tie rods on your vehicle. The two inner tie rods and two outer tie rods. The outer tie rods are easily replaced but require the car to be...

Window not working

Hello. I will assume your drivers front window is not working. A mechanic can check the fuses for the window for any that may have blown. In the event of a blown fuses, some trouble in the circuit caused the...

Wheel locked

Try turning the wheel back and forth while turning the key, use caution not to break the key. If you still cannot get the key to turn, you may have to have the ignition lock cylinder replaced. A certified technician,...

Thumping sounds while driving over sharp bumps

The only part you did not mention and the most likely cause of the problem is the inside lower control bushings which could possibly be bad. I would also check the steering gear mount bushings for excessive wear. Both of...

Steering wheel vibrating during braking

It sounds like your problem is most likely warped rotors (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-a-bad-or-failing-brake-rotor-disc). You should also check the wheel bearings (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/symptoms-of-bad-or-failing-wheel-bearings) for any looseness. If you are getting steering vibrations then your power steering gear steering valve may be causing the issue...

Steering wheel stiff

Hello. If the wheel takes a lot of effort to turn, the power steering system is likely the problem. The power steering system includes the pump, rack and pinion, pressure and return lines. Your issue is likely due to a...

steering wheel shaking

Hi there. Thanks for writing into YourMechanic.com about the issue with your 2005 Suzuki Forenza. At first glance, it appears that the problem you're describing sounds like a misfire with one of the cylinders. It could be related to your...

Steering wheel shaking

Hi there. It sounds to me that you have warped brake rotors. This problem occurs when your brakes heat up to a point where the pressure exerted from the tightened lug nuts bend your rotors. When you press your brakes,...

Steering wheel shaking

Hi. There are are several possible problems going on here. If the wheel shakes going over bumps, then you probably have worn tie rod ends, or the steering rack has too much play in it. A qualified technician should look...

Steering wheel shakes

Hi. A severely worn hub bearing would be my guess. Hub bearings are sealed bearings. Over time, they wear and fail. Hub bearing noises tend to change during right and left turns as pressure is increased or decreased. Eventually, the...

Steering wheel making noise

The power steering fluid on these vehicles gets too thick in cold temperatures and may blow any of the components or hoses in the system. The fix is to fix any broken component and flush and fill with new lower...

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