1994 Honda Civic Steering Jerks when driving over rough roa

Tiny
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  • 1994 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 196,000 MILES
While driving at a speed over 25 miles per hour, when I drive over rough patches in the road, a man hole cover or thru a standing puddle of water, the car jerks wildly to the right. In addition the steering wheel (at low speeds) slowly comes back to center after making a turn.
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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 AT 8:15 AM

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Tiny
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Road wander is usually caused by a few things on your vehicle.
-incorrect tire pressures
-tires have a shifted belt or buldge in the tread
-control arm bushings are worn out
-worn wheel bearings

Basically, what you need to do is get your front end checked out, you might find that one of the wheels are loose due do a balljoint, tie rod, or wheel bearing. If nothing is loose then start looking at your tires and the control arm bushings. Also, your wheel may be slow to return to center after a turn because of your tires or you may have a dry balljoint that is causing friction for the wheel to turn. Does the wheel squeek at all when you turn it?
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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 AT 8:23 AM
Tiny
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No noise at all, power steering fluid is full at low speed handles ok even over obstructions. Over 25mph kind of scary over bumps or through puddles. Car is running with 17in wheels and tires, tires are old and I will be replacing the tires today, pretty sure problem is more than the tires. Could shocks or springs be a problem as well?
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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 AT 8:34 AM
Tiny
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While your suspension parts may contribute to your problem, the root cause for it is your steering system. As my colleague has suggested, check your control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, and then also check your struts/springs. You may also want to consider wheel alignment after any suspension/steering work is done.
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 12:34 AM
Tiny
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Good information by Zackman there.

To answer your question, it is very doubtful that it could be your struts and springs. Your suspension style uses an upper balljoint and A-arm instead of the strut to pivot/turn the knuckle.

The fact that you have 17" rims may have worn out some suspension components. That's where your problem most likely is.

Goodluck
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 12:37 PM

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