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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 17, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sticky Steering at Speed

Hey everyone...I have a bit of an issue. I have a steering box, new upper and lower control arms, new wheels are tires,and just had an alignment. For the most part it's pretty solid. Here's the issue.

Lets say I'm going around a gentle curve at 45mph. I can gently let go and the steering wheel will "lock" at that angle, but shortly after it'll "unlock". Granted, I cover the wheel with my hands to avoid a stupid accident, but I'm pretty sure the wheel should always be free-moving. Any ideas?
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Re: Sticky Steering at Speed

More caster? What are your alignment settings?

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Re: Sticky Steering at Speed

It doesn't feel like the alignment. It feels like maybe the steering pump or something is rubbing.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 17, 04:37 AM
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Re: Sticky Steering at Speed

this can happen if the steering box is out of adjustment. There is a lock nut and adjustment bolt in the top. If the bolt is to tight the steering wheel will not want to return to center automatically. someone smarter than me can probably give the directions on how to adjust it, or google it. here's a link with some directions
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Re: Sticky Steering at Speed

I'm going to assume power steering. If so you need at least 1 degree of positive caster. I personally would try for as much as possible while maintaining between -1/2 have 0 camber. I would also check the gear box center adjustment to be sure it's not too tight.

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Re: Sticky Steering at Speed

Check your subframe mounts, if the sub moves relative to the body, the steering can bind. When you corner the car, you are applying torsion to the chassis.

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