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Old 05-26-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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'01 zx3 steering issue...

While making right turns at higher speeds the car will be doing good then all of a sudden turn harder without me turning the steering wheel. I had the car off the ground and there is minimum play in the front end but when sitting on the ground and you turn the wheel back and forth you can hear/feel something loose. Any ideas....I was reading a few posts describing a similar problem and saw a possibility the struts could be worn out. Any advice would help. thanks in advance. Chris


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Old 05-26-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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Strut mounts might be a possibility. Any clunking involved? Possibly a worn out power steering pump, or steering rack? Just a couple ideas.
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Sounds like back rack bushings.
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the biggest clunk ive noticed is like when you turn all the way it def makes a clunk then. The only thing that worries me is the turning right on like long turns at higher speed the way it switches directions. I just cycled like 2 quarts of clean fluid thru it cause the fluid that was in it was burnt to hell.
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Sounds like either the rack is wore out, or mounting bushing are bad, which would account for the clunking.
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when you say mounting bushings....you mean the bushing to actually moun the rack to the sub frame?
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Yes. That would be a starting point. Raise the car up on jack stands, or a lift, and see if you can grab the rack and move it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:58 AM   #8
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If your control arm bushings are shot, you might not have any caster in the alignment.
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What do you mean by turn harder? Does the wheel get harder to turn or does the car tighten up the turn like in the middle of a on ramp and you find yourself having to ease off the wheel a little bit. If the latter they all do that there is somewhat of a passive rear wheel steering on these cars and it will tighten up on a long sweeping turn like on an on ramp.
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don627's comment is in the direction I'm thinking of.

While you may have looseness in the front (tie rod ends, ball joints etc.) the rear end is famous for giving the feeling you describe.

A 'loose" feeling while driving straight (wander) or steering that "tightens up" (turns sharper) while cornering - both point to worn out bushings in the lower control arms at the rear. There are front & rear ones at both sides back there, for a total of 8 bushings which all have to be good for it to turn & track properly.

Take a look back there for the steering issue you mention.

(you may also need some front joints to fix it all (clunk) but that scary turn-in is likely from the rear)

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