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Old 06-27-2005, 07:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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whenever i make a little bit more than a slight turn in my car i can feel like the steering wheel 'jump' a little bit, i really dont know how to describe this.

imagine driving straight, come up to a slight corner (so slight that u do not need to brake or slow down but just turn) and u slightly turn the steering wheel and all of a sudden it skips a little bit, it does it both turning left and right and it keeps on doing it if i move it left and right!!

i really hope some1 understands what i mean because its annoying and yea...

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Old 06-27-2005, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know what causes that, but I experience the same thing on my car.

Help please!
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yes, i have noticed that with my car as well. i'm unsure of what causes this. anyone know?
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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does it do it when you are stopped?
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yes, but only if the car is running, meaning power steering is running as well. i guess it could be a power steering problem, anyone think this is a possiblity?
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yeah mine does it when stopped too, its rather annoying, does any1 have any idea of wht it is?? is it possible to disable power steering temporarily?

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Old 10-06-2005, 01:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think i've figured out what it is. When the car is off it is probably not felt as much because the power steering is off. But i recently got my front left ball joint replaced and it now doesnt do it turning left anymore, so if it skips im guessing the ball joints need replacing!

well any1 else agree with my theory!? or disagree!?
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just had both my balljoints and control arm bushings replaced and mine still does this.
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bad alignment? or leaky power steering hoses?
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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There might be bubbles on the power steering hose. The air pockets might cause the pump to jump a bit. used:
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Old 10-07-2005, 05:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Are you guys sure it doesn't do it while the car is off? Because it's pretty difficult to turn the wheels with the car off, just wondering if you've actually tried it. If I had to guess, it sounds like the upper strut bearings. It's the piece that goes over the top of the strut piston rod, and contains the 3 bolts that mount to the strut tower, allowing the strut to turn. If the bearings are shot, they will bind up and the strut won't turn smoothly.

Open the hood and pop the plastic cap off at the top of the strut assembly. Have someone turn the wheels and observe what happens. If that's the problem, you'll notice and feel the "skip" right there. They're about $30 each side, but the whole strut assembly has to come off to replace them.
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Today took my car to do the 'wof' warranto of fitness, dont know how u call it in the states and anyway the mechanic/checker guy noticed this skipping too! he didnt fail me because of it but said it mite fix it if i tighten the two universal ball joints on the steering arm, do you think that could be the problem?

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i had this problem... i changed my power steering fluid.. and got an alignment... and now everything is fine!
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