Ok hear it is, finally the front end is acting up. I just had the alignment done and then went on a trip from California to Canada. LOL yup long drive no stopping. After getting over the mountains and sliding into Oregon I noticed the front end had a bit of a speed wobble. At first I thought it was the alignment. I also noticed a power steering issue. Do you guys think ití* the power steering or both or have any of you experienced this problem? I am going to take it in but I plan to do the work myself. How do I find out what kind of steering unit I have? I have a choice between electronic assisted or plain old power steering. Yes I drove all the way back and by refilling the power steering every once in awhile the shake was kept to a minimum. It works best at 110mph but as long as I stay above 90 its just fine. I have balled out the front passenger tire evenly leaving a treaded area down the middle. Oh by the way the rest of the Bonneville took my extremely abusive drive very well. Loved passing up hill on the passes. I can get a new power steering unit for 96.00US plus my 10% frequent buyer discount. LOL
Turns out regardless of why I had the wobble the power steering is shot and it has to be replaced. The pump is ok for now. I may have to replace the pump too, but that should be no problem.
The first symptoms:
#1The steering would become hard to turn then easy again.
#2 in retrospect I had a small speed wobble that ate some very expensive tires. I am now running harder cheaper tires until I get my suspension redone. The harder tires still cost 160.00US each, but they also have a lifetime warranty.
Its funny it felt like it was loose, but never that bad. My buddy had an crash in it before I bought it from him so I figured it may be tweaked. I was wrong ití* all cosmetic. I also run alot of hard accelerating corners on California roads. Very bumpy (For Canadians like the highway through Winnipeg but with dips in every concrete section makes the car wump on every slab/section). Almost the crummiest roads in the country. I cover 1600 miles a month at least. I am going to get a confirmation from my favorite mechanic to make sure Iím on the right track.
this happened to mine
An abnormal intermittent whine, moan or continuous growing noise may be heard form the power steering system. In some cases, a "shudder" may be felt in the steering wheel while driving the vehicle.
If you can't ab(use) it you can't afford it!
[ This Message was edited by: speedyguy on 2002-04-08 23:56 ]