Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering trouble

asked by on

My car has quite a few problems, but I got it cheap so I can't complain. Here's what we're dealing with:

  1. If I'm on full lock, I hear a loud grinding noise.
  2. The steering doesn't respond very well in general.
  3. Over 70 mph, my steering wheel shakes, and if I try to turn sharply, I feel like my car is wading in a kiddie pool.
  4. When I take my foot off the brake, the car pulls to the right.
  5. When I'm driving at a normal speed, it also pulls to the right.
  6. The wheel pulls to the left when driving straight.

I tried changing both the track rod ends and the lower control arm. Everything else looks/feels secure when I've examined it. I got an alignment done after replacing the parts, and the steering stayed straight for one day. Can you possibly shed some light on what might be going on?

The steering shaking above 70 is wheel balance. The noise of grinding when turning may be the steering rack and pinion or the struts; I would have to hear the noise. If you are having issues with the steering going one way or the other and you replaced the control arms and track bars, then the rack and pinion bushings are worn out, letting the rack and pinion assembly shift side-to-side. After replacing the rack and pinion bushings, then recheck the alignment. Do not forget to check the inner and outer tie rods.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Steering trouble

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering wheel issue, side mirrors won't fold in

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420. The accessories mentioned may share a fused circuit. Common faults in some electrical systems can range from blown circuit protection or a malfunctioning device such as a broken switch....

Q: Switched to 4WD - did fine for a little then started making grinding noise. Now car won't move and the 4WD light is blinking.

Hi there. If the 4WD light is blinking and you hear a grinding noise when the transmission is in drive or reverse only, then the transfer case has either broken the fork inside the case or the syncronizer jammed up...

Q: Engine makes noise when shifting

This noise is likely coming from the transmission or torque converter between the engine and transmission. When the transmission is in park or neutral the torque converter is not engaged therefore the engine and transmission are technically separated internally. I...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...