Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car likes to swerve out of nowhere. I have good tires and they have air. What could be wrong with my car? It's a Dodge Caliber

asked by on

My car likes to swerve out of no where. I have a Dodge Caliber. My tires are good and full of air. I will be driving and all of a sudden it will jerk to one side.

A: Hi there. Your description of your vehicle ...

Hi there. Your description of your vehicle swerving out of nowhere is an indication that something in the front end is loose. It could be worn ball joints. Worn ball joints will cause the vehicle to track/veer with any rut or groove in the road your vehicle encounters.

It could be worn/loose control arm bushings. Worn/loose control arm bushings could affect the direction of the vehicle at any point and time. Some steering linkage related should result in excessive steering wheel play.

It may also be worn/loose rack and pinion bushings. Worn/loose rack and pinion bushings could affect the direction of the vehicle with any movement steering.

Finally, it could be something related to the rear suspension causing your vehicle to swerve.

It would be advisable to not continuing driving your vehicle until repairs are performed. Something could be on the verge of breaking and your safety is priority one.

My recommendation is to have a certified technician come to your car's location to inspect the swerving problem so that it can be diagnosed and corrected promptly.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering wheel makes noise in a 2004 Hyundai Elantra

There are many possible reasons that the steering wheel may be making this sound. I suspect an issue with play in a joint of some kind. Your vehicle has an intermediate shaft that goes from the steering wheel to the...

Q: Service Engine soon light began flashing on and off on 2010 Nissan Sentra... Car started sputtering, ... now all dash lights are o

Hi there - the security system is now active, but this sounds more like the car battery has died (sputtering, then dead engine). Have the car battery checked, possible something electrical left on overnight, or battery is just old? Try...

Q: Ect

The data being sent to the vehicles computer can be observed on a professional scan tool and may shed some light on the problems. The engine coolant temp sensor may cause issues if the sensor is sending false information telling...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...