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Old 01-08-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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I had the pressure solenoid replaced in the transmission a couple of days ago and last night was the first time I had driven the car since the dealer replaced it (my dad took the car to the dealer and brought it home for me). Well, now the steering seems extremely loose, there is waaaay too much play in the wheel, almost to the point of it'* dangerous to drive, I dont know how my dad didnt feel it. Do they have to pull the front end apart for the pressure solenoid fix? Could this thing just be way out of alignment now or what? And also, right after I noticed the loose steering the low traction light came on and the car seemed to bog down for a moment (I wasnt under hard acceleration or anything, just cruising at roughly 35mph), that only happened once, I'm not sure if it was just coincidental or not. Any clues as to what'* going on here?? I'm having my dad take it back tomorrow, I beginning to regret this purchase, I love this car but it'* been quite a hassle for only having owned it for a week and a day! Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Just get back to dealer asap and explain them what is going on, and that the car was fine before they touch it.

It can be many things. For the ABS light may be they dont connect your WSS(wheel speed sensor) right.

turn your steering to the right , go under the car to the driver side and you will see the plug of the wss inside the wheel(where the wheel bearing/hub is) , thats the only wire you will see there, if its connected, turn the wheel to the left and go see the passenger side, if anything seem fine then its something else. Make sure they are correctly connected, unplug and replug them, then restart your car and look if the light is still "on"


Simply a bump on the road can make the light the ABS if they are not fully connected.

As for your steering problem, they clearly forget something imo.
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Mike, it was the "low traction" light, not the ABS light, and it just flashed on for a second like the tires were spinning, but they werent. Thanks for your input, and it'* going back first thing in the morning. Thanks again.

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Mike, it was the "low traction" light, not the ABS light, and it just flashed on for a second like the tires were spinning, but they werent. Thanks for your input, and it'* going back first thing in the morning. Thanks again.

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ohh sorry , i misread


BUT, i think mine was doing the same thing and it was a bad wss or connector i dont remember, may be rogue will have the right answer.
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And also, right after I noticed the loose steering the low traction light came on and the car seemed to bog down for a moment (I wasnt under hard acceleration or anything, just cruising at roughly 35mph), that only happened once, Joe.
That is strange, it appears that traction control was actuated there for a short moment by the conditions that you describe. It is possibly a WSS that is intermittent. I would return the car to dealership since these problems did not exist prior to the transmission work because it seems the problems are related to the work accomplished. And don't let them charge you for labor to resolve the problems that apparently they caused.
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My thoughts exactly, I told my dad not to let them charge him a dime (I'd do it myself but I cant get off work). It'* definately something they've done, or forgot to do after the tranny repair. I hope it'* a quick fix, I'd really like to start driving this thing, lol.

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Is the steering loose feeling (sloppy/not precise) or is it just lighter? The SSEi has the Magnasteer variable assist steering system which has 3 settings, light/medium/firm. If they somehow reset it from firm to say light, it could make you feel like something is wrong. They should be able to check and see what its set on, but they shouldn't have had a reason to change it unless they upgraded the pcm programming.
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Mine is disabled because of my steering wheel positionning sensor that is bad.


And i cant feel the difference with magnasteer on and off.Just slightly.
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There was no reason for them to change anything with the pcm other than replacing the pressure sensor/solenoid in the transmission. The car feels totally different now, the steering feels very sloppy, it'* almost impossible to get the car to track in a straight line because of how much play there is in the wheel. I'll update you guys tomorrow (hopefully with good news of a simple fix), the car is going back in the morning.

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This story sounds... for lack of a better word, DANGEROUS.
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