Mechanics

STEERING PROBLEMS

2004 Kia Optima • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 105,400 miles

2004 Kia Optima V6 When making a right turn the steering wheel begin sticking and after making the turn it is hard to straighten the steering wheel and it make a loud pop sound.
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Mrbigcwil
August 4, 2011.




That's typical of a sticking upper strut mount. Reach over one of the front tires and place your fingertips on the top of the coil spring, then have a helper slowly turn the steering wheel. You should feel the spring turn smoothly with the wheel. If the upper mount is binding you'll feel the spring wind up and go under tension, then suddenly snap free. That's the mount that is sticking.

Caradiodoc
Aug 4, 2011.


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