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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2014
    Why is my car steering stiff suddenly
    the mileage is 102,456.nothing much .I just checked for the power steering pump but not available. it happened when I was driving .just suddenly. steering shape shows on the dash board in red colour
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the fault code scanned - for free at any local auto parts store. Post a reply with the scan code for further assistance. The issue could be in the steering sensor or on the steering rack unit. The codes will help narrow down the problem.

      The power steering on your vehicle is an electromechanical system - so no hydraulic fluid or steering pump.
  • fubee2
    fubee2 - 2007 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 3/8/2014
    Do i need to change Steering Kit?
    Driving a 2007 Honda Accord. Whenever I turn the steering there's a sound as if rubber rubbing against rubber.
     
    • Jimm
      3/8/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - is the question regarding the VW Jetta or the Honda Accord? At any rate - as the first step - raise the front wheels off the ground (support with jack stands) as perform a thorough inspection of the front suspension and steering components. Use the 'How-to-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for details
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 1/27/2014
    When driving on smooth road there is a drumming sound coming from the rear of the care. It does this at other times
    It does it at other times, but is more noticeable on smooth road. The sound is there all the time. We have checked the tyres and wheel bolts.
     
    • Jimm
      1/27/2014 Jimm
      Check the following items; rear brakes, rear wheel bearings / hub assemblies (both the left and right sides), rear shock mounts (both upper and lower), rear suspension bushings and attachments.
      As a first step - and to see if the problem is wheel / tire or location specific - try swapping the rear tires side for side - to see if the noise problem moves.
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. For example, they (RockAuto) list the rear axle wheel bearing from around $9.70 , and the rear hub assembly from around $77.00 for your vehicle.
  • ks
    ks - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2013
    High pitch humming at speeds over 40 mph then steering wheel vibrates at 70 mph
    Is it a wheel hub?
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/24/2012 EG9 K20A3
      For the high pitched hum, all i can think about are wheel hub bearings.

      For the steering wheel shake:

      * Tires out of balance or the "bushings" (not sure the technical term) are worn in the steering system.

      * It could be faulty steering dampers. This is a shock that crosses from left to right connecting to tie rod ends. The shock is very firm and you will not be able to actuate it by hand if working properly. usually causes left to right steering oscillation at low to mid speeds.

      * Warped brake rotors for cars with front disk brakes. The rotor hits the caliper every tire rotation causing a small bump in the steering wheel each time.

      * Your tires might need to be rotated and balanced.
      EG9 K20A3
      3/26/2012 ks
      That sounds reasonable. I also feel vibrating through the gas pedal. Is that related? Getting hub replaced and an alignment in next couple of days.
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/28/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Hmmm, vibration in gas pedal... Though I've never heard of this issue, a blind guess is that it could just be the gas pedal pivot or throttle cable. I really can't think of anything else that would cause a noiseless vibration in only the gas pedal.

    • AutoMD Member
      11/13/2013 AutoMD Member
      I'm having a similar issue. A few weeks ago, my engine light started flashing and my car began shaking very badly. It was raining, and my mechanic thought it was probably an issue of spark plugs or wires getting wet when I phoned him, but by the time I tried the vehicle again and got it to him, the problem was no longer happening and he decided to hold off to save charging me for the time he'd spend searching.

      Then I noticed a vibrating in my gas pedal. It started periodically and now I'm feeling it more and more. Also, yesterday (but not today) the vibrating was stronger, almost a shake, and I felt it in the floor as well, and less so in the steering wheel and my seat. Like I said, today, it was ok. Possibly due to weather, but nervewracking for me nonetheless as I understand little to nothing about cars.

      Also, and possibly unrelated, I noticed my commute used more gas than usual and I have also noticed a smooth bounce in the car when on flat ground. Do you think this is coincidental or related? Any ideas about what could be causing this/these issue(s)?
      I'm a student and on a very limited budget, and I have hardly any knowledge of mechanics. I'm worried about increasing the damage or bill, but don't know what the problem could be.
      I recently had the rear brake pads and disks replaced, as well the catalytic converter. My front tires are just over a month old, and my rear tires are about a year old. I had my oil changed three weeks ago. I drive a 2002 Golf (automatic) that has approximately 200,000km on it. Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  • spankymax
    spankymax - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 8/4/2013
    My beetle sways real bad in the front in of the car but it is only when the roads are wet and or raining.
    I bought it for my daughter and when I text drove it it was a nice day and the roads were dry. I drove it just a little while and knew it was worth the money but when I enter the turning lane I notice the car sort of rolled a little bit like a old big car use to do ...
     
    • monteur
      8/4/2013 monteur
      Check the tires. Not all tires are suitable for wet road driving.
      monteur
      9/7/2013 georgeyarbro
      check the alignment
      monteur
      9/7/2013 georgeyarbro
      I had a 65 ford that did that
  • jcskps
    jcskps - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 7/3/2013
    Strong vibration in the steeringwheel umtil I turn ac off
    A strong vibration developed while running my ac on the way to the point where I thought I had a flat. I turned off my ac prior to pulling over and the vibrartion stopped. Once I arrived home, I left car running and popped the hood. I turned the ac on, I felt cold ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      Sounds like the mounting of the A/C compressor has come loose or bolts are missing
  • mearsbeth
    mearsbeth - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 6/22/2013
    WHY DOES MY STEERING WHEEL SHAKE? IT VIBRATES AT LOW SPEEDS AND GETS WORSE AS I ACCELERATE
    I DID NOT RUN OVER ANYTHING. IT STARTED ABOUT A WEEK AGO, AND ONLY DID THE SHAKING AT 60MPH. IT GRADUALLY GOT WORSE, TO WHERE IT SHAKES ALL THE TIME.
     
    • CVO
      6/22/2013 CVO
      Unbalanced tires will likely the cause of this problem. Rotate the tires and see if that will solve the issue.
      CVO
      6/22/2013 mearsbeth
      thank you. I will.
    • John's Auto Repair
      6/22/2013 John's Auto Repair
      YOU MAY HAVE A SHIFTED BELT IN ONE OF THE FRONT TIRES. EXAMINE TIRES AND LOOK FOR ANY SHIFT IN THE TREAD PATTERN. JACK-UP CAR SPIN TIRES TO INSPECT
      John's Auto Repair
      6/22/2013 mearsbeth
      thank you.
  • dfrank21
    dfrank21 - 2009 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 6/20/2013
    HAVE THERE BEEN ANY RECALLS ON THIS CAR FOR LEAKING STEERING FLUID FROM RACK? CAN YOU ADD FLUID AND NOT REPLACE RACK?
    MY CAR HAS 60,000 MILES AND I HAVE FOLLOWED THE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE.I AM TOLD THE RACK IS A SEALED UNIT AND CANNOT BE FILLED. iT MUST BE REPLACED TO THE TUNE OF $1000.00.IS THIS SO?
     
    • Jimm
      6/20/2013 Jimm
      Check the listing of recalls and TSBs on the AutoMD website, to see if any may apply to your vehicle. Second, you simply add fluid via the power steering pump / reservoir - this also holds the fluid for the steering rack unit. However, recognize that simply adding fluid will not repair any leaking steering rack seals.
      Finally, check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the replacement steering rack unit (remanufactured) from around $430.00 (minus core charge) for your vehicle.
  • rusted candi
    rusted candi - 1998 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 6/12/2013
    I'm getting a odd wobble @40 mph and I just put fix a flat in it.
    It was sitting on its rim for maybe a few days and when I put the fix a flat in it, it just came to 15 psi so I didn't want to take that chance. Is it the fix a flat or something more?
     
    • Jason
      6/12/2013 Jason
      Fix a flat is a temporary fix. The tire needs to be inspected and probably replaced.
  • egseckler
    egseckler - 2011 Volkswagen CC - Steering & Suspension - 6/2/2013
    My dealer tells me i need a new power steering rack and pinion and is willing to not charge me for the part ($1,200) but
    they want to only charge me for the labor around $500. i have 42,000 miles - is this fair. you show a tsb for this vehicle
     
    • Jimm
      6/2/2013 Jimm
      A TSB (technical service bulletin) is not a recall - the TSBs are issued by the manufacturer to the service organization to fix some problem or to offer repair information.

      If the vehicle warranty is in place and valid, then the power steering rack and pinion unit may be replaced under warranty - check the terms and details of the vehicle warranty. Often, the warranty may cover both parts and labor for the needed repairs.
  • Eric G.
    Eric G. - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 5/19/2013
    Why does my car pull to right side?
    Old tires.
     
    • Jimm
      5/19/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; low tire pressure on one side, wheels out of alignment, wheel bearing / hub bearing worn or loose. Worn front struts or shock absorbers. Worn suspension components, such as; tie rod end, control arm bushings, ball joints.
  • tunrath
    tunrath - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2013
    I have a vibration at highway speeds 75 ish
    I just put on new tires and it stll happens but not as bad
     
  • dma354
    dma354 - 2007 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/8/2013
    Passat front ball joint replace lower control arm?
    lower ball joint front replacement difficulty and cost, do I need to replace the control arm
     
    • Jimm
      3/8/2013 Jimm
      It is easier and less expensive to replace the control - which includes the ball joint. heck the many on-line parts sources;such as www.RockAuto.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, or www.autopartsfair.com. For example, they (RockAuto) list the control arm from around $90.00 for your vehicle.
  • gti vr6
    gti vr6 - 2003 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/19/2013
    Theres a noise everytime i turn the wheel and its loud.
    The noise sounds like the boats horn. u know that deep loud sound and u can feel it too. And when u hear it its like something needs a lubricant
     
    • Jason
      2/19/2013 Jason
      Check the power steering fluid, wheel bearings, and CV joints.
  • rush360
    rush360 - 2006 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 1/23/2013
    I hear clicking sound when turning
    Just started after car was sitting a few days
     
    • Jason
      1/23/2013 Jason
      Could be a worn CV joint. Inspect the CV axles for a torn boot.