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Old 02-10-2001, 02:25 PM   #1
Eric Gagnon
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Question Weird Steering Problem

Hereís the weird steering problem:

Take a right turn, the wheel and car continues to drive right, take a left turn the car and wheel continues to drive right. It NEVER self centers. I just replaced the suspension and had the car re-aligned and the problem is still there. What is causing it and what is the cure?

The alignment shop has no idea and I have never heard of this problem either. The power steering pump seems to be functioning and the fluid is not leaking from the power steering (ie: hasnít loss any fluid.) Steering force hasnít changed either.

Subaru is closed for a few days and canít see me for a while and I am getting ready to move from Montana to New York next week, so I need to solve this problem ASAP.

Any help would be appreciated.

Eric
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Old 02-10-2001, 02:30 PM   #2
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Just a thought, but could it be the steering linkage?


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Old 02-10-2001, 02:58 PM   #3
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In general only two things will cause this.

1. Steering linkage hanging up.
2. Not enough positive caster.

If you don't have enough pos. caster then the wheel will never center itself. Its kind of like your bike forks they rake forward and keep the handle bars straight, if you ever turned the bars backward the bike steered real funny.

If you just had it aligned then look at the print out from the shop and see what the caster reading is. It should be somewhere between +1.0 to +3.0 The caster is not adjustable on the Subaru's and if yours is not reading at least +0.5 you may have suspension damage.

The steering rack may have damage to the gear teeth. Can be checked by taking off both outer tie rods from the knuckle and see if the wheel moves smoothly and freely. Also check the knuckles to see if they are free and no hang ups. If this is not the problem then you may other damage.

That's the only things I can think of that would cause the problem you described.

hope this helps

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Old 02-11-2001, 12:36 AM   #4
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Im going with a damaged rack here, for the simple fact you just had an alignment, and im assuming its correct. You had the suspension replaced for this problem? Or you just upgraded. You have a 99 I see, how many miles? Are you out of warrenty?

Have your front tires been introduced to a curb or two? No power steering noise? Does the steering feel notchy as you turn the wheel?

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Old 02-11-2001, 06:44 AM   #5
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The car is a 99, never been damaged (no curbs or snowbanks), 24,000 miles, actually been on blocks for 2 months. I am taking it into a new alignment place that is computerized am maybe they can figure out what is up with it, the last guy was kinda a putz.

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Old 02-14-2001, 08:07 AM   #6
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Update:

Car is at the dealership right now. Speculation is a 'bound up strut tower bearing'. We will see shortly if it is really that. I just had another alignment (hunter machine) done and he thought the steering rack was bound. Better not be serious.

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