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1998 Tahoe with loose steering

\015 I installed two new front tires last year and had the front end aligned by a reputable shop. They told me that the alignment was out quite a bit at the time. Between August of 2007 and November 2008, the passenger side front tire showed signs of critical wearing on the outside edge. The tires have been rotated a few times during this period. \015\012I just replaced the front tires and had a new alignment performed. Now the steering seems loose. When the truck was new, only a small amount of steering correction was needed to keep the vehicle in a straight line during normal speeds. Now, after the alignment, new tires, and a replacement of the idler arm, it is necessary to over correct in order to keep the truck in a straight line. \015\012Also imagine holding the wheel steady while making a right or left turn in a sharp radius, such as on an exit ramp of a highway. While holding the wheel steady, it seems to let go all of a sudden, just as though the wheels hit a patch of ice while negotiating the turn. It happens in both directions. This same symptom also takes place on level ground while driving in a straight line periodically. I was told by the mechanic that it was my imagination, and that I would have to get used to the new feel as provided by the alignment and the new bushings in the idler arm. I don't buy it! This has been happening over the last year, and is getting worse. Have you seen this problem, and if so, can you provide a solution? Please feel free to contact me by email, with any suggestions. Thanks for your time.\015\012\015\012Sincerely,\015\012Ed Pierce\015\012Email: [email protected]\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 18-12-2017

Answers :

Have someone turn the steering wheel sharply back and forth while you inspect steering column and steering box for play. If your tie rods are good; you can see movement in them when checking steering box.
This could only happen if the wrong part was installed or something was not tightened properly. You should get it checked by a different shop. Most will do the inspection for free. If the inspection shows whats at fault, you can take it back to the original shop and have them fix it at their expense.
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