Steering is totally crazy after replacing tie rods

  • 2005 DODGE SX
  • 10,000 MILES
I just had tie rods outter replaced both sides now steering is loose and when I go over bump the steering takes off 2005 dodge sx 2.0 only 100,000 km
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Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 AT 9:39 AM

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If that's all that was done, the alignment was set wrong. Replacing any tie rod end requires the "toe" to be set with an alignment computer. Toe is the direction each wheel is steering when the steering wheel is straight. If both wheels are set to incorrect settings, but are set equally, the steering wheel will still be straight but each front tire will be steering toward or away from the center of the car. The car will follow the tire with the most weight on it. Typically that is the right tire since roads lean to the right for rain to run off, but if the left tire hits a small bump, it will momentarily have more weight on it and the car will follow that tire.

Incorrect toe on just one wheel will result in an off-center steering wheel. Incorrect "total toe", the sum of both wheels, regardless if their settings are equal or not, results in excessive tire wear and a car that's difficult to keep going straight, especially in windy conditions and on bumpy roads. Patchy snow and ice can make it dangerous to drive and control.

Return to the place that did the alignment and have them recheck it. Sometimes projectors slip on the wheels resulting in incorrect readings, or the machine could be out of calibration.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 AT 7:57 PM

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