I've done some searching on the forums here and have heard many different things on this issue, but nothing that really sounds like the same problem I have...
What happens is when I steer towards the right I get a 'popping' or binding feeling in the steering wheel about every 10 degrees or so. This will only happen when the steering is under a load (I.E. taking off from a stop and turning right around corners/intersections). When I'm cruising around and just do lane changes, or turns at speed I don't hear/feel anything. When I take off from a stop and make a left hand turn, it is nice and smooth, no problems at all - even when turning the wheel to the right to re-center it after the left turn. The handling feels fine, and still handles corners easily, I just get a 'pop-pop-pop-pop' around right hand corners. The popping feels like it'* coming from the steering column somewhere.
I've only had my car a couple of weeks and am wondering what this problem is. I had my mechanic take a look at this and the only thing he found was my tie rod ends are loose on the car. He said that both sides are loose and should be replaced soon - at about $250 for both and an alignment. He couldn't find any other problems with the rack or anywhere else.
My question is will this be the most likely cause, or should I have them look deeper? I just read a lot of posts about this type of problem and found it to be lubrication issues, or needing shafts replaced. I have a good mechanic who has always served me right in the past.
I am going to have the tie rods replaced in a week and a half (plus some other small things done too). I guess I'll know then if that fixes it, but wanted to hear any other ideas.
Thanks for any info.