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Old 07-10-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
applecrisp2
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Exclamation Huge turning issue! I've check everything! :(

Hi I'm not sure if this is the right posting area but here goes. A few days ago I put my car up on four jack stands and took off the rims and tires in order to paint the rims. The car was on jack stands for a few hours and everything went well. After painting we put the tires back on and dropped the car. Went for a short test run everything was great. Next day I get in the car and start it up. I begin to pull out onto the road and immediately I notice the turning is much stiffer then usual when I turn the right or to the left. I continue to pull out onto the road. I get to a stop sign and I began to make a right turn. I notice the steering is not only constantly much stiffer however as I'm turning the wheel at certain points it's much harder to turn then goes back to the normal stiffness as I continue to turn... I think it has something to do with the steering column or joints in that area but really I just don't know.

There is no whine from the pump.
The power steering resivor is full.
The belt tension is fine.
Tire pressure is where it should be
Suspension components look visually fine

The only thing noticeably different is at the times when it's more difficult to turn than usual you can faintly hear a friction noise. Yesterday we jacked the front end of the car up to see how it would affect it. While the car was lifted up it was much easier to turn the steering wheel (obviously). However we found that when the steering wheel gets to certain intervals (ie 2/8 fully turned, 4/8 fully turned to the left or to the right) that the rubbing noise occurs every time the steering wheel is at those positions. Any one else have this issue before? I think it's the knuckle joins (or whatever they're called) attached to the steering column but i would like to get some other opinions from you scooby wizards first before i go balls deep tearing apart my ride.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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When you had it on stands, were the stands under the pinch welds or somewhere else?

Unless you bent something, I have no idea. You will have to look carefully to find this rubbing you mention. If it happens predictably, you should able to see or hear something when it happens.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:09 AM   #3
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The stands we're on the front frame and it appears nothing has bent. Good idea though, thanks for the help haha
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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Bump.. I lubricated the steering joints with some lubricant and i think it made a very slight difference but it's hard to tell. Does anyone have any experience replacing the steering joints?
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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I ran into the same issue with my steering and in my case is was the lower u-joint that was the culprit. I removed mine and pushed back the rubber lip that protects the joint and shot a bit of penetrating oil in them. Initially I had to use a rubber hammer to get the joint to move and continued lubing it and tapping it back and forth with the hammer. Eventually it loosened up enough to move by hand. At that point, I used a lube that sprays in as an oil and then thickens up to a grease after a bit of time. I continued working the joint by hand and then reinstalled back onto the steering shaft and rack. keep in mind that if you remove the connector, you will need to mark the splines and and the pinch bolt, on both ends, to keep your steering wheel from being crooked.
An easy way to tell if this is your problem is to raise the front wheels off the ground and grab a wheel and try to turn. if the steering is hard to turn and/or pulses (hard, then easy to move) then this is most likely the problem.
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