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Old 06-22-2010, 02:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel turns by it self over small bumps. help

hey all sorry i tried searching but nothing came up.. my car would steer to the left or right over small bumps, i always have to have my hand on the wheel and move it up and down a bit to make the car go straight over the small bumps.. normaly you dont need to control the steering wheel going over the small bumps but for my car you do and its kind of getting annoying and would like the problem solved so i can multi task better.. my car is all stock except for a 2 inch drop on megan springs, is this problem normal for cars that are lowered? probably a bushing or something under the car thats going bad? any help would be great, i am sure alot of people have this problem and would be nice to know a fix to this, when i do my oil change in a few weeks i will be able to take a look under the car gonna be hard to find the problem..

forgot to add this in, the cars steering was messed up like this when i first got it on stock springs/struts but it wasnt as bad as it is now..
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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u ned a alignment
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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realy? thats what my buddy said but i didnt agree with him... i thoguht alignment would just make the wheels/tires straight, not tighting up the steering..


now that i think of it i did change the rotors so maybe that made it worse.. ill give an alignment a try and if that doesnt work ill post back up on this thread
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i have that same problem on my car. i have 08 IS350 OEM wheels and i encounter that when i'm on bumpy roads. idk if it might be the wheels or the alignments bad.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Alignment. If it's THAT bad then your tires won't last long.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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alignment fixes more then you think, tighten up your sterring feel/reponse keeps you going straight.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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prob toeing out !!!
also could be camber out of spec low.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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alignment fixes more then you think, tighten up your sterring feel/reponse keeps you going straight.
That's exactly right. The feel and handling of a properly aligned car is night and day compared to one that's out of spec. You should really get an alignment at least once a year, perhaps even twice depending on how bad the roads are in your area. Not only does this keep your car properly aligned (and as a result, extending the life of your tires and all suspension components), but it will also tell you if any part of your suspension is worn out, allowing you to fix it before it becomes a bigger issue.
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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so i got an alignment and wheel balance today, it feels much better but it still does pull sometimes on some bumps... hmmm what else could it be..
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This also happens to me but I often have my vehicle aligned. I think the severity depends upon the driver. You are probably like me.. I always have one hand loosely on the wheel and the other hand either resting or changing radio stations. Drive one day with both hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 (by the book) and see what happens. It's a completely different feel to driving; I doubt you will feel the issue anymore. Try it out. Also, I agree with the rest of the posts about alignment -- it's VERY important!!! I love getting my car aligned because when it comes back to me, I can actually FEEL a huge difference in the drive and I love it. Make it feel brand new again!
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It could be your lower control arms. The bushings wear out, and your car will jump all over the place when you hit bumps. It also helps stop wear on the inside of your wheels. Best price I found was at Carson toyota. They have a web site part number 48068-53010 RH and 48069-53010 LH if I still have my numbers correct. It will make a huge difference.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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ok im getting pretty choked. this damn problem is back, my buddy asked me of they checked the CV boot befor doing alignment because he claims if the CV boot is fucked then the alignment will just be messed up again, and i dont remember them saying anything about it.... it must of been aligned good for the first day i got it aligned, and then it it slowly went back no normal, you guys think its my CV boot or whatever the heck it is? im sure i have no rips i always chek it when i do oil change.. man this car handles like crap for some reason its all fked up i am starting to wanna get rid of this car.. my steering wheel doesnt turn back most of the times too, this car has some serious problems.. rebuilt status vehicle ftmfl...
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CHECK your power steering fluid and see if its at the level. check for any steering hoses that might be leaking. Check for the following :Rack & Pinion, upper and lower ball joints, inner tie rods check all for play. When you check this get a floor jack and stands and wiggle the tire up and down and side to side if you hear any clunking then its going to be a tie rod or lower or upper ball joint. Also when you start up the car Check for the power steering fluid and make sure you see the fluid moving. i hope this helps you.
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ok i had some time to work on car today so i checked it out, the passenger wheel moves the slightest bit u cant even realy feel it moving, but from the ding ding ding that you hear every time you move the rims left to right you know its loose, there is no way it will wiggle up and down though... any idea what it could be? i didnt realy have time to take off the wheel to check whats loose, ill be doing it sometime this week hopefuly.. maybe some bolt is just lose from the dude that installed my springs
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ok i had some time to work on car today so i checked it out, the passenger wheel moves the slightest bit u cant even realy feel it moving, but from the ding ding ding that you hear every time you move the rims left to right you know its loose, there is no way it will wiggle up and down though... any idea what it could be? i didnt realy have time to take off the wheel to check whats loose, ill be doing it sometime this week hopefuly.. maybe some bolt is just lose from the dude that installed my springs
check all the nuts and ball joints to see if he forgot anything loose
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