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Old 04-13-2004, 12:40 AM   #1
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This is my first post. i came from corsicas.com , but after the 2 corsicas, and 2 head gaskets, i have my dads 92 bonneville se. Now the problem i have with it is this. If i turn the wheel all the way left, shortly before i can no longer turn it, the car makes a loud clunk. Then if i turn it back to center, the wheel automatically turns itself to about 10 o clock. This also turns the wheels, making it hard to drive.
Now if i turn the wheel all the way right, it will make a clunk around the same time as if i was turning left. Except when i turn it back to center, the wheel is only slightly turned to the right, along with the wheels.
Do you guys have any idea whats wrong with my steering?

edit: mileage ~138,000
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Does it pull the direction of your last turn? Upper strut bearings can cause that. Mine does it. They are a cheap part, but labor intensive.
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Are you moving when doing this? Cars naturally go to the center while driving.
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Yes its while moving. I know they naturally move to center, but when i move the wheel to center, it naturally turns a lot to the left (i previously turned far left), or slightly to the right (if i previously turned far right).
thanks for the helo so far. mucho aprreciateo
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My post says it all.
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Agreed.. sounds like strut bearings.. if you have a cover on top of the strut under the hood.. remove it and have someone turn the wheel.. you'll probably see it turn and TWIST on the top.. good indication of if.. also check the strut mounts.. if one side is broken.. the springs would sit off ( over sometimes ) the mount ( collar ) and when you turn.. the springs will twist.. and SNAP back.. if those seems find.. also look to see if the springs are cut (broken) somewhere..
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Great advise here
you'll want to get those bearings done soon, sounds dangerous driving like that
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what you have is called memory steering. I is caused by bad upper strut bearing. they are relatively inexpensive and really rather easy to change if you have a spring compressor. I've done two friends bonnevilles and it take a couple of hours depending upon the amount of rust. It'* also a good time to change struts as long as you have them out. once completed you will need a front end alignment.

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Yup, same problem here too. Pulls in the direction of my last turn. It isn't too bad, but I HAVE had the clunking noise for at least a year

My mom'* car pulled hard left once and a few minutes later her control arm broke off her front left wheel and the car just dropped..looked pretty cool all lowered like it was. At least we were parked in the driveway when it happened, otherwise it would have been very bad.
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mine jus pulls to the left all the time but i hear a squeaking noise when i get in and outta the car coming from the strut mounts
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