New center diff comes with new steering problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rob1066, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Rob1066

    Rob1066 Guest

    It's been a few weeks since I had my center diff and tires replaced to
    the tune of $1,600 on my 1999 Forester L. Ever since I brought it home,
    there has been a very slight wobble in the steering, especially at slow
    speeds. I noticed the power-steering fluid was low. I replenished and
    that helped, but did not solve the problem it completely so I will be
    headed back to the dealer next week. But if anyone has any ideas before
    then...
     
    Rob1066, Feb 19, 2006
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  2. Rob1066

    bigjim Guest

    WHEEL BALANCE!!!!! I had to go back a couple times for them to get it
    right. Thats the cheapest thing to try first.
    Shouldve had the 7 yr 100k warranty !!!!!!
     
    bigjim, Feb 19, 2006
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  3. Rob1066

    Rob1066 Guest

    In addition...
    Last night it dipped down to 10 degrees and the problem was much more
    pronounced, almost to the point where it was undriveable without a lot
    of effort to keep the wheel straight (and no, there was no ice on the
    roads.)
     
    Rob1066, Feb 19, 2006
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  4. Not ruling out the center diff, but it sounds like a bad tire to me -
    particularly the low speed thing where balance isn't important. I recently
    got a new truck at work and it shook like a bowl of jello when I hit any
    irregularity - like a pavement patch - at highway speeds. They replaced the
    tires and it was fixed, much to my surprise.

    If you are ambitious you can rotate the tires front/back and see if it
    changes; if so, definitely a tire.

    Mike
     
    Michael Pardee, Feb 19, 2006
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  5. Rob1066

    bigjim Guest

    Some inexpensive tires "freeze up" in cold temps and sidewalls are not
    flexible. I replaced the Bridgestones (loved them but wore out) with
    Kumho KH18's . Kumhos grip well in rain snow but in cold temps it takes
    a couple miles for vibration to stop. Same thimg happened with pep boy
    tires I put on my trooper- never happened with oe bridgestones and
    replacement michelins.
    What tires did you get?
     
    bigjim, Feb 19, 2006
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  6. Rob1066

    Rob1066 Guest

    My new tires are Kumho 795s
     
    Rob1066, Feb 19, 2006
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  7. Rob1066

    bigjim Guest

    I would have the balancing redone at a good shop. My kumhos were tough
    to get balanced right. That is easier than going back and paying more
    money to dealer
     
    bigjim, Feb 19, 2006
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  8. Rob1066

    bigjim Guest

    I would have the balancing redone at a good shop. My kumhos were tough
    to get balanced right. That is easier than going back and paying more
    money to dealer
     
    bigjim, Feb 19, 2006
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  9. Rob1066

    bigjim Guest

    I would have the balancing redone at a good shop. My kumhos were tough
    to get balanced right. That is easier than going back and paying more
    money to dealer
     
    bigjim, Feb 19, 2006
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  10. Rob1066

    Rob1066 Guest

    But if the balancing is the problem, I think the wobble would follow a
    pattern. This is random. The best way I can describe it is that it
    feels as if the power steering is engaging and then letting go. The
    wheel goes from tight to loose, almost as if the steering were geared
    and one of the teeth in the gears has been knocked out, if that makes
    sense.
     
    Rob1066, Feb 19, 2006
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