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Old 30 Dec 2009, 07:03 pm
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I have seen a few posts about the same problem I have. I have a 01 pt with 150 k I replaced both control arms and outer tierods and sway bar links and bell crank and alignment. Has anybody found out how to fix this. Also it is not a sticking brake I had that checked out too.
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Old 31 Dec 2009, 12:56 pm
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Bad tires or junk brand tires can cause this.
-Try swapping tires front to rear.
-Try borrowing a set of tires/wheels known good for a test drive.

Incompetent alignment can also cause it. Steering wheel needs to be set to zero first, then held with a cord or device of some sort. Then, and only then should the wheels be set for to-in, toe-out, camber, caster, etc. Checking and adjusting settings without zeroing the steering wheel is a time-saver, so the tech and shop can make more money per day, but is the wrong way to do it. (Go ahead--flame me.) In the old days with recirculating ball steering, I could usually take care of this later by resetting the drag link. You can't do that with rack and pinion.

I make it a point to avoid alignment shops that also sell tires, and also avoid getting alignments done at big chains.

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Old 31 Dec 2009, 08:24 pm
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The shop I used is one my company uses on or fleet, They have always done a good job on our trucks. Tires are Michelons that I have had on car for two plus years. I just wonder if it could be inner tierods. I am really baffled on this one.
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The shop I used is one my company uses on or fleet, They have always done a good job on our trucks. Tires are Michelons that I have had on car for two plus years. I just wonder if it could be inner tierods. I am really baffled on this one.
OK. Disregard everything I wrote after the word "Bad. . ." Then disregard that word.

When the alignment shop does the company trucks, can I assume that they set the steering wheels to zero? Rack & pinion is differnt from the recirculating ball used on most trucks. Beyond that probably useless conjecture that suggests a second opinion, I am baffled.
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 01:18 am
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have you checked the power steering fluid?
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Old 02 Jan 2010, 09:30 am
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Fluid is fine, the steering is nice and tight no play in the wheel, though I did notice that it pulls to the left first then at higher speeds it pulls back to the right. Has anybody found a cure for theirs. Mine is going back to the shop this week
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Fluid is fine, the steering is nice and tight no play in the wheel, though I did notice that it pulls to the left first then at higher speeds it pulls back to the right. Has anybody found a cure for theirs. Mine is going back to the shop this week
That is seriously strange. It may also be an important clue for the tech. I am out of my league here.
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Old 03 Jan 2010, 10:39 am
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motor mounts?? torque strut???
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Old 27 Jan 2010, 08:14 pm
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just a thought, have you had the bearings checked at the top between the body and the strut. My mechanic had once mentioned this to me when I had described the same symptoms you have. It was not the bearing, in my case but very well may be worth checking. My 2 cents
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I am having the same issue to. But mine pulls to the right. I also read that it could be the Motor mount or torque strut. Going to check these next.
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