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Old 01-31-2007, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Steering rack problem? WOBBLE WOBBLe WOBBle WOBble WObble Wobble wobble....

The past 1000 or so miles, my BajaT has started to handle like its on a washboard gravel road at even the smallest bump. Even when I hit a small bump, pothole, or pavement seam, the right front end and the steering wheel seems to really chatter and wiggle back and forth a few times. The noise from that side sounds like a wheel is ready to wobble off. This lasts for several more 'wobbles' that it ever did over a normal bump.

I had it into a shop today for eval, they said the suspension looks fine but it seems like the steering rack is already loose with enough play in it to make the wheel wobble. Any other ideas or suggestions on where to look? I was quoted almost $1200 for a complete rack repair, but would like to avoid that if possible. Where else can I check? I've got a little over 51k miles on the car. Before this happened, I loved the handling of the Baja, but this is starting to really affect it...

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Old 01-31-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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If the rack is just loose tighten it...

Oh ya put the white line streering rack bushings on and get an alighment
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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If you've got just over 51k miles on the vehicle, take it to a dealership where they will service it under warranty...........





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Old 02-01-2007, 06:55 AM   #4
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they warrentte is only 36/3 so he is out of luck there..
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:49 PM   #5
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The only thing covered under the warranty in that area is the wheel bearings, everything else became my penny at 36k...

This problem first started very shortly after I put new tires on the car...Bridgestone G009's in stock size. Could this be related? I've heard the steering bushings issue come up a few times. Would this perhaps be a solution??

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Old 02-01-2007, 06:14 PM   #6
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This problem first started very shortly after I put new tires on the car...Bridgestone G009's in stock size. Could this be related? I've heard the steering bushings issue come up a few times. Would this perhaps be a solution??

thx..
I have had Bridgestone G009's on for about 3,000 miles and have not noticed anything unusual. How many miles did you put on with the G009's?

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Old 02-02-2007, 05:26 PM   #7
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I have a similar issue - I did brakes, wheels/tires at around 50k - ever since, I'm had the wobble at ~60-75mph - intermittently (some days it's worse than others). I've had balance checked, alignment, and crawled under looking for wear on the suspension without any luck. I thought the dealer might find something when I took it in for its 60k service, but no avail.

I'm at a loss - though I wonder if I may have done something when I jacked the car up or if it is the engine mounts.
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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Well, finally figured out that my front right strut is leaking oil (thanks to the dealer doing a better inspection than my local garage). Is this a bit early for struts to go (only 51k?) The dealer quoted me about $900 for replacement of both front struts and an alignment. A different service shop that I've learned to trust quoted $680 for the same thing. I'm tempted to call the dealer tho and argue that this shouldnt be happening so early. Anyone agree, or will I be pissing upwind.... Think I'll get anywhere, or should I just pay the trusted shop the 680....
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:03 PM   #9
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Well, finally figured out that my front right strut is leaking oil (thanks to the dealer doing a better inspection than my local garage). Is this a bit early for struts to go (only 51k?) .
It does seem a bit early, so I have athought or two for you.

Your user profile indicates you live in the Great White North. Same here.

I know that if snow/ice build up in the area around the struts it can damage them. I have never had a strut go bad, but I have an attached garage which usually allows the snow/ice to melt each night. My dad does not keep his vehicles in a garage and over the years has had to replace numerous struts on his vehicles. This is just an observation, but it may be an indicator of why your strut went bad.

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Old 02-11-2007, 12:21 PM   #10
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Long shot here... but thought it might help...

I had an 1984 VW Scirocco that handled great and then suddenly began to feel very loose... after going through the usual alignment, struts, rack & pinion inspections, it turned out to be a cracked hub carrier... the cast steering knuckle around the CV joint on the inside had formed a crack (probably from a pothole hit) and was literally opening up under load...

If you've hit any hard potholes, ice bombs or whatnot, it might be worthwhile to look over all the suspension components to see if there is any other damage... the Baja bits are pretty stout for a unibody AWD car, so I doubt you will find anything too bad, but given the importance of the suspension to keeping it between the ditches, it's a good thing to check...

Also, it turned out to be a bad strut, check the strut bearing (not sure if it integral to the strut or separate on a Baja), as I have had those go out before and cause similar handling woes...

Good luck on the fix...
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Old 02-11-2007, 03:55 PM   #11
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Had a similar issue on my 82 BRAT. Replaced the tranny mounts (one was completely shot, the other hanging by a thread.) much, much better now.
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