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How to Troubleshoot a Car That Shudders When Turning
If your car steering wheel shakes or shudders when turning, it could be the tires, power steering, or steering damper.

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There is a popping noise coming from the rear passenger side.
Hi there. The constant velocity (CV) shaft is making the sound as you make a turn. The outer bearing is seizing up and clicking the bearings in its race. I recommend replacing the CV shaft to that side. It is...
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My 2006 scion TC is hard to turn
Hi there. Check the power steering fluid level and make sure that it is full. Also, look at the fluid color and see if it is clear or dark. If the fluid is dark, then the power steering system needs...
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Car suddenly not starting - 1997 Honda Civic
Hi there. It sounds like a failed starter or battery. Have a battery test performed with a digital battery tester that provides the cold cranking amps and state of health. Check all fuses/relays and replace as necessary. Perform a voltage...
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Fans stop working
The braking and cooling systems are separate components. Low brake fluid will not cause the vehicle to run hot or overheat. Low brake fluid will make the brake pedal feel soft or even go to the floor. This is a...
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Steering wheel is hard to turn
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The alternator can be working just fine, but before you rule out the possibility that you have a burned up alternator, since you have had the VSC light on, then there is a...
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Right turn produces noise - 2011 Toyota Camry
Hi there. It sounds like you have a wheel bearing or axle failure. A failing wheel bearing will generally produce more noise when loaded; LF when turning right and RF when turning left. An axle can produce similar noise if...
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Why is my car driving fine at first and then I hear a ticking sound whenever I press the gas? I also have hard brakes and steering.
Hi there. Typically when the Check Engine Light comes on, it indicates that the on board computer has detected an error code from either a sensor or a mechanical part on the vehicle. The ticking issue might be caused by...
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My wife's car makes a clicking noise when the wheel is turned; could it be the CVs?
Hello - Yes, your diagnostic skills are very good! It is almost certainly the CV joints, the outer joints in particular. I would recommend that you have the axle/CV joint assembly replaced in both front axles by a mobile, professional...
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High pitched whine noise is coming from behind or below glove box area. The noise occurs at low rpm at any speed, especially while turning left.
Hi there. The sound that you are hearing is probably from the blower motor to the heater / air conditioning evaporator. Remove the fuse to the blower motor and see if the sound stops. If the sound stops, then the...
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Hi, im hearing a creaking noise everytime i turn my wheel on my dodge stratus. Sometimes when it rains, the noise goes away but th
Hello, thank you for writing in. The control arms were a good guess, and there are several other tests you can do. You may be dealing with a failing steering or suspension component. You can start by performing a bounce...
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Car stalls and shuts down when I stop or when making a turn.
Check the fuel pump to see if its working. If the pump is working, then there could be air in the fuel system causing the engine to stall out at times. If the fuel pump is good and there is...
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When I turn right it starts vibrating and shaking.
Hi there. The CV Joint on the right or left wheel in the front is popping the bearings and causing the vehicle to shake and vibrate as you turn. I recommend replacing both the CV Shafts on the vehicle in...
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Hard shutter or vibrate at turning low speeds
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the issues started after the work that was most recently done, you want to verify that those repairs were done right and are holding. If the vibration and shaking were present before hand,...
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I have a Dodge Ram and I ran a mailbox over on my right side. When I turn left and right there's a grinding noise on the right.
After running over the mailbox, the box or stem could have bent the backing plate and is now causing the grinding noise as the backing plate is scraping against the brake rotor on the right side. Inspect your brake system...
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clicking noise in steering
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The first components to consider when you experience these symptoms are the tires. They will create noise and vibration when they are inflated improperly, out of round, or out of balance. If the...
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I have clicking in my steering column and it was hard to turn.
The ESP light could be coming on for the motor that helps the steering on the steering column shaft. The clicking noise that you are hearing could be the clock spring going bad in your steering column. The springs are...
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Truck shudders when turning corners.
When turning and the vehicle shudders, check the tires to see if they are coming in contact with the frame. If they are, then the steering stop is loose and has backed off causing the steering to steer at a...
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I hear a creaking/squeak kinda noise when turning my steering wheel
Hello, thank you for the video. If the noise occurs when the vehicle is sitting still like the video shows, then you are less worried about any suspension components, and you want to focus in on the tie rods, ball...
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Firebird runs for about 20 minutes then starts goosing and stalls. when slowing down and turning it stalls. Installed a new module, a new fuel pump, and a new filter.
Hi there. If your engine has a carburetor, check the float and see if its sticking. The float will not move properly and cause the engine to over fuel and flood the engine which will stall it out. I recommend...
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Car turns off. First it would turn off in reverse and when I would stop at a red light or slow down to make a turn.
Hi there. For the reverse stalling condition, check the Idle Air Control Valve and see if its plugged up. If a IAC valve is plugged up, an engine will stall out when going into gear and could cause issues when...

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