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Why does my steering feel loose and sloppy?

Why does my steering feel loose and sloppy?

When these bushings wear out, the rack is no longer held firmly in position, with the result that some of the turning moment from the steering wheel is taken up by the excessive clearance between the rack and the bushes.

What causes your steering wheel to hop up and down?

Wheel tramp is the hopping up and down of your wheel at higher speeds. In addition to any of the possible causes listed under shimmy, here are a few more possible contributing factors: Possible Cause #1: Wheels out of balance. Possible Cause #2: Excessive wheel runout.

How to diagnose a steering system problem?

1 1: Friction in your steering system — steering gear, linkage, etc. 2 Possible Cause #2: Friction in suspension system requiring lubrication or replacement of components. 3 Possible Cause #3: Excessive negative camber. 4 Possible Cause #4: Issues within power steering system.

What causes loose steering on a Toyota Prius?

Play anywhere in the steering system will show up as crappy steering and free play at the steering wheel. Work your way from the outside in, checking the ball joints, then the steering tie rod ends, then the idler arm, and finally the steering box.

Is there a way to fix sloppy steering?

Surprisingly I didn’t find much info on this forum about correcting for sloppy steering so I figured I’d add a post for those of you wanting to try to correct this problem that plagues so many of us.

What are the common causes of steering problems?

Bottom line is, you need to track down the root cause of the problem before you begin to fix poor steering performance. We’ve covered oversteer and understeer as separate issues, but we’ve included 10 other common steering problems and their likely causes below.

What to do if your steering arm does not move?

Start by disconnecting the steering arm from the cable’s motor/rudder end and turn the steering wheel. If the cable now moves freely, you have an issue with the motor, stern drive unit, or rudder. If the cable does not move at all, but the steering wheel freely moves, then the problem is most likely at the helm. 2.

Why does my steering wander all over the place?

If your car doesn’t have a definite pull to one side, but instead a sloppy, undisciplined tendency to wander all over the place, the first thing to think about is wear in the steering and suspension. Direct observation is the best way to find this, but you’ll need a helper.

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Ruth Doyle