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Old 03-25-2010, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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steering wheel issues

This is a great forum.!!
My steering wheel sounds as if something is breaking when turning maximum lock to the drivers' side. the steering wheel feels jammed when i try to turn it back the other way.

After reading a few related posts here in the forum, wheel bearings seem to pop up a few times.

By the way would anyone know the exact symptoms of worn tie rod ends and ball joints.
My second problem is that there is a slight shudder on the s/wheel when when i apply brakes of when driving on a rough patch of the road. The steering also sometimes turns to the right or left when i apply the breaks.
i installed new control arms and bushes followed by a wheel alignment 3 months ago. My tyres are in good condition - 1 yr old. There are no power steering oil leaks.
Any thoughts or has this happened to anyone else?
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In the last few days my car seems to hesitate and struggle during start up. This, especially, happens in the mornings. Yesterday, after sitting in the garage for 4 days, it didn't fire up right way but on the second crank it fire up.Any thoughts or has this happened to anyone else? thanks
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Was the fuel very low? Condensation can accumulate along the sides of the tank and be mixed with the fuel on start up.
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thank witeshark.
no fuel tank was 1/4 full. the tank is now 3/4 full but the issue still persists in morning and not during the day when it's warmed up - fires up fine.
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