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#1 Old 08-05-2004, 12:59 PM
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Steering Problem

I'm hoping someone can give me some insite into fixing a steering problem I'm having with my 03 WRX wagon. It's lowered 1-1/4" (springs only), has BBS wheels and a front strut brace.

The problem is this: I was on a long drive to Arizona when I hit a bad, umarked, jump in the pavement of the freeway. I didn't notice it right away, but when I got back my steering was pulling hard to the left, and to go streight I had to keep the wheel turned to the left. Since this happened, I've had the car aligned (the rear passenger tire was out of spec), and I've rotated the tires. This has helped the problem a lot, but the steering wheel still is tilted to the left to go streight most of the time. It seems to behave a little streighter under acceleration (maybe I'm just kidding myself there). Has anyone had to track down a problem like this before? I'm assuming somthing is bent....

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#2 Old 08-05-2004, 03:23 PM
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sounds like bent control arm or bent strut

both are designed to bend upon heavy impact...

who did the work on your car?
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a good alignment tech could tell you what is wrong....


however, if nothing is bent, then it is merely an incorrect alignment (ie, they didnt set the steering wheel straight when setting toe)

look at your caster/camber/SAI/toe readings. depending on the printout setup, it will show whether or not its out of spec. if camber is out of spec, a camber bolt can be used to compensate. if caster is out, its usually a bent lower control arm or strut. if SAI is out, its a bent knuckle. if caster and SAI is out, its a bent knuckle.



not that i do alignments for a living...
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