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Old 10-22-2010, 10:57 PM
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Question Steering Seems Loose

The steering on 2005 Chevy Trailblazer seems loose - almost like the vehicle is "dancing" around the road. Sometimes the vehicle has the "tight" steering feel and the next minute it can have a loose, "all over the road" feel.

I recently had the tires replaced, alignment done, and new struts in front. Steering used to feel pretty tight but now there's quite a bit of play in the wheel.

The dealership tells me everything is normal but it just doesn't seem like it. Any ideas? Where do I start looking? I am not a mechanic so most of this is new to me...
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:33 PM
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A competent alignment shop would check everything for looseness for two reasons.
  • Their work wouldn't hold and you'd complain about looseness or tires wearing unevenly
  • They can make more $$ if they find bad things in the inspection.

If you no longer trust the dealer, find a competent independent alignment shop and have them look for loose stuff. There are over a dozen things it could be, from loose wheel nuts to wear in the tie rod ends (inner or outer) to worn control arm bushings to bad ball joints to a loose steering rack.



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Old 11-02-2010, 04:32 PM
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I'm having the same reason with a 2002 LTZ . I got new tires, recently replaced the lower ball joints and check everything this summer. I'm interested to see what your cause was.
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Are your shocks worn out? That could be the 'dancing' you are feeling across the road. If a shop did an alignment, everything had to be tight in the first place otherwise they could not have done the job.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:19 AM
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I seem to have the same problem. All my steering seems tight no play in the steering wheel but seems to wander on the road sometimes. Not sure what the problem can be.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:12 PM
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Outer Tie Rod ends most likely
-jack up a front corner and grasp the tire at 9 and 3 and push in/out alternately while peeking over the tire and watching for play in the tie rod.
You will probably see a whole bunch of unwanted movement

Next stop...mechanic and alignment shop
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:18 PM
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Outer tie rods are new and tight. No movement with front end jacked up but still wanders on road. I find it even worse if road is partly ice covered seems to move when goes from ice to dry or dry to ice. Very strange
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I am also having a dead zone steering off center, mine seems to be the u-joint in the tilt column. I will probably end up having to replace the entire column if I cannot gain access to the u-Joint.
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