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Old 09-19-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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Shutter/Pulsating in my Steering Wheel

I have a pulsating/shutter in my steering when turning (most notable at low speeds). It's very slight. I have had the P/S system flushed but it didn't seem to help at all. What other things can I do or have checked? What might this kind of feedback/feeling be telling me??


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Wheel bearing.
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I'd want to hear more about the symptoms, like whether it gives that feeling while turning the steering wheel only or whether it feels that way when turned.

Any notable resistance to turning the wheel?
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:11 PM   #5
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I feel the pulsating (very slight side-to-side feeling) when turning only (mostly at slow 20-30 mph). Nothing noticed at speed or driving normally
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No unusual resistance - had some prior to getting the P/S system flushed and refilled
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:55 PM   #7
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OK, don't read too much into this as I explain why the question was asked.

When turning the steering wheel very quickly side to side, many P/S systems can run out of volume/pressure from the pump and come up against sudden resistance. Slow movement for a sec, and it catches up again. Feels like a hard block to turning the wheel at the extreme.

Coming close to that it can feel a bit notchy and less smooth without actually resisting hard.

A worn pump can out out less volume at pressure, to run into this situation at slower rates of turning the wheel. Old fluid could contribute.

There are also steering rack issues that can cause similar symptoms, know of one member with a modified car who had exhaust/heat shield issues with a pipe too close coming apart and damaging the rack by heat. His gave a wiggle to the wheel when driving straight.

With that info. on reactions at higher rates of turning the wheel, you can experiment to see if that is the feeling you are getting now to confirm or rule out that possibility.
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Could be axle too.

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^^^ I like that for a possibility, should be felt when the wheel is turned at a stable position as well as when turning it if I don't miss my guess.

Any clicking noises when wheel is in a turned position would add to the likelihood.


For lower speed turning of the wheel, any noises while turning it would be possibly indicative of another issue. Strut bearings can hang up making noise and resisting turning of the wheel. I seldom hear of it being felt in the wheel, normally noticed as a noise while the wheel is being turned.
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