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Old 07-08-2013, 04:14 PM   #21
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I don't know how you feel about having other people work on your vehicle, but I know that when I was having problems with my Sentra driving straight (may that car burn in hell for the rest of eternity), I took it to Pep Boys.
They'll do a an alignment check for free, and the shop here in Springfield was very nice to me.

If they alignment is off, it's only something like ~50-60 to have a four-wheel alignment done. Just my two cents.
Hmm... sounds like a good start.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #22
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Crooked enough to make those of us with OCD go bonkers, not crooked enough for it to bother normal society.
OCD should really be CDO, alphabetically correct.
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OCD should really be CDO, alphabetically correct.
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Normal?



At first I thought it was just the way the airflow came into the car... but I'm starting to think that's not it. Anyone else's steering gear look like this?
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Yes, and I believe it's normal. I cleaned mine off about 5K ago, and there has definitely been no dirt collection there of any kind since. What you're seeing is very likely a sealant glaze from the factory that has attracted dirt. If you clean that area, there won't be anything there attracting the dirt anymore. It's not like there is power steering fluid to leak as in a hydraulic system.
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Yes, and I believe it's normal. I cleaned mine off about 5K ago, and there has definitely been no dirt collection there of any kind since. What you're seeing is very likely a sealant glaze from the factory that has attracted dirt. If you clean that area, there won't be anything there attracting the dirt anymore. It's not like there is power steering fluid to leak as in a hydraulic system.
Phew - just making sure! I'll clean it off and see what happens.
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It's not like there is power steering fluid to leak as in a hydraulic system.
Yeah, but what if there is an electrical fluid leak, hmmmm?
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Yeah, but what if there is an electrical fluid leak, hmmmm?
I'm sure you could just fill it back up with blinker fluid and be fine.
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Well I went to the dealership today...the mechanic didn't feel anything...but they checked the alignment anyway. Seemed like a solid, good machine with a good solid floor, etc (so I trust it) and it was perfect in the dead center green. I even watched the mechanic set it up and so on.

I swear though, its apparent on higher-resistance road surfaces. For example...a newly paved road or a concrete bridge it isn't there. On an older road with a higher rolling resistance it exists.

I'll get my tires rotated at 5k and have them cross rotate to the drive axle and see what happens. Then the same at 10k, thus putting my lf on my rf and vice versa.

For the record, it is not road crown.

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Well I went to the dealership today...the mechanic didn't feel anything...but they checked the alignment anyway. Seemed like a solid, good machine with a good solid floor, etc (so I trust it) and it was perfect in the dead center green. I even watched the mechanic set it up and so on.

I swear though, its apparent on higher-resistance road surfaces. For example...a newly paved road or a concrete bridge it isn't there. On an older road with a higher rolling resistance it exists.

I'll get my tires rotated at 5k and have them cross rotate to the drive axle and see what happens. Then the same at 10k, thus putting my lf on my rf and vice versa.

For the record, it is not road crown.
Sounds similar to my experience - dealership said it wasn't pulling (though they never gave me a readout, so I don't know if they checked the alignment).

My friend drove it to Michigan and said it was my OCD at first. But after an hour of driving he noticed it started pulling to the left. Super weird.

I think I'm going to check my tie rod ends this weekend...? Mine seems to do it on newly paved roads as well. I could also put on my winter tires for a bit?
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