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Tiny
AHMEDKASHIF
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  • 2001 HONDA CITY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 80,000 MILES
Hi, I hv recently replaced rack ends and tie rod ends after the alignment car alignment I hv noticed that after turning the steering it is not coming back itself. This is only in case of whien driving forward but while revesring the car the steering perfectly comes back at the normal position.


your advise shall be appreciated
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 10:12 AM

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Tiny
FIXITMR
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Does it depend on how far from center you turn wheel? Like all the way to corner or say a normal road turn? If you turn it less does it return?
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Something is wrong with the alignment, most likely the toe-out is out of specs. The other likely cause would be the castor.
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 12:23 PM
Tiny
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For KHLow: my alignment guy told me something about adjusting the camber or kamber which (my model) has no adjustment option and could be preformed manually with a pully which can also break the suspension items

For Fixitmr: it is not returning after one rotation, on normal drive it is returning lets say less than half turn and on complete turn it seems that car steering has fallen to side of the turn
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 2:11 PM
Tiny
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Camber and castor are non-adjustable. If they are out, something is wrong, like worn bushes or control arms or lowered suspension. DO NO use other methods, they would not work and would be a safety hazard. You can stress/fracture the knuckle assy which could break anytime, or you would bend the strut.

If I am not wrong, you have excessive toe-out.
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 3:03 PM
Tiny
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If the alignment guy cannot do the job, time to get a second opinion as I believe the guy you mentioned is not sure of his work.
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 3:04 PM
Tiny
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I appreciate your quick response.

Talking of worn bushes, control arms and lower suspension. Could you please be specific abt what kind of bushes you are mentioning

secondly while driving over a hump on slow speed I can hear a sound like (which you can hear on an old bed while sitting on it) from my front suspension and similarly a draging sound can also be heard quite often from my rear suspension as if the coil spring is under tension or colliding with something (may be. I am not sure)

and from my rear left suspension while going over a hump or mubpy road I hear a sound like a bird is singing like (chuuuu chuuuu)

what do u suggest for all this cranky sistuation

i hope I hv made u clear abt the sound theme by those examples :)
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
FIXITMR
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You could check alignment by measuring strate across car front and rear of tires using tread groove as measure point. The diff should be very slight like 1/4" or so.
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Saturday, March 12th, 2011 AT 3:58 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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The squeaking noise indicates a possible fault with control arm bushes. Those are the links between suspension and frame. It could be lower or upper arms and ball joints.
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Saturday, March 12th, 2011 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
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Thanks will get it checked and then let you know
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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Thanks! The alignment fixed the steering issue
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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Cheers.

Have a nice day.
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Saturday, April 9th, 2011 AT 12:13 AM

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