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Old 08-01-2003, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default Bad Stearing Bushings causing this..?

Hi everybody! (Dr. nick)

Would bad steering bushing lead to premature tire wear? I just noticed tonight my front tires are going really, really fast!! I had my alligment checked and the dealer said it was fine. My wheel bearings were just replaced under warranty and I pretty sure my stearing bushings are gone as well The dealer is going to replace the stock ones with Whiteline in a week. ( I have a numb feeling steering wheel and any decent sized bump results in a feeling of the whole steering system bumping/moving around) The car is really pulling right and the tires are going bald in the edges the most. I've recently had the tires balanced and rotated.

If this isn't it, any ideas? (the dealer has tried to blame the tires) According to them my alligment is good, tires recently balanced, wheel bearings replaced) car has never been wrecked, no curb bumps, etc)

Thanks for any imput

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Old 08-03-2003, 07:43 PM   #2
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you are 100% right the bushings are the problem thay are way too soft witch causes the whole rack and pinion to shift around all wrx's have this problem. get them replaced and get real wheel alighnment done in specialty shop not at the dealer.
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:11 AM   #3
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On my car, I noticed marks on the rack about 2 mm on each side of the passenger side bushing where it was obviously shifting and the rack housing was being wiped clean by the bushing. So far, the only problem has been a slightly crooked wheel.

Do the whiteline bushings replace all the rack bushings or just the passenger side one? It seems to me the primary bushings on the driver's side aren't doing their job and overloading the passenger side bushing which isn't really designed to prevent side-to-side movement.
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:14 AM   #4
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The Whiteline bushing kit I bought at Irvine Subaru was $25.00 and has 2 bushings one that's round and one that square. I'm assuming that there are only two.
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Old 08-04-2003, 04:46 PM   #5
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yes...only two bushings........if you're gonna install these yourself, have a fun time cuz they are a PITA.

Easiest way to install them is to drop the steering rack. . . . . ..
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Old 08-05-2003, 01:53 AM   #6
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I'm having someone do it for me. I keep hearing that it's a pain so I don't even want to try, I'd rather pay some one to deal with it.
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Old 08-05-2003, 03:26 AM   #7
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Steering rack bushings won't affect tire wear.

Excessive tire wear on the outside indicates too much toe-in, or lots of hard cornering and too little negative camber.
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