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Old 09-17-2006, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hey folks -
I've got a 97 sse 160k, that has developed a slight steering issue: If I am going in a straight line at a slow speed (10-40) mph, when I make a slight steering correction, I can feel a pulse in the steering wheel - that is, the steering wheel will not move smoothly, it will almost imperceptably oscillate when I make a slight turn.

I am suspecting a cv axle, wheel bearing, or power steering system issue. Whaddya all think?
It has new pads, rotors, and calipers, tires are balanced.

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Jack up both front wheels off the ground, grab a tire at the 9 and 3 o'clock position and try to move it side to side. Do it again at the 12 and 6 o'clock position. This should tell you if your bearings are gone. While its up, give those driveshafts a good yank too.
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It has new pads, rotors, and calipers, tires are balanced.

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What tires are on it? How many miles? Frequently rotated?

I'd start with a bad belt in a tire. At low speeds balance can't be felt.

Switch tire front to back and see if the movement changes to a wiggle in your seat. Also listen to the tires driving along a building or a curb with your window down. Then have someone drive while you listen on the passenger side. See if you hear an uneveness in the tread sound.
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Thanks for the tips - How do you check the axles? - I can slide them in and out just a little, but they feel tight in rotation, and the boots look good.

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