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    What causes loose steering?

    I was out driving my mom's car and the steering on it seemed really loose. Just a slight move of the steering wheel would have the car lurching to the side. My mom said that this has been getting worse over the past year.

    So what could cause this kind of behavior?

    EDIT: Also, the torque spin (FWD) has gotten really bad, just a slight touch of the accelerator will get the tires spinning, even with traction control turned on.

    EDIT #2: i got somthing confused, its not under steering. Its more of like the front wheels sticking to the ground when turning while the back end feels loose, and slides around during a sharp turn at highre speeds (35+mph)

    EDIT #3: The car is a 1999 Chrysler 300m w/ sports package.

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    some refference

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    You should have the tie rod ends checked both inner and outers and also upper and lower ball joints

    You didnt state what brand or type vehicle is either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckpuller
    You should have the tie rod ends checked both inner and outers and also upper and lower ball joints

    You didnt state what brand or type vehicle is either.
    oops, my bad. Its a 1999 Chrysler 300m w/ sports package.
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    Solid Snake, how much do you think it would cost to take the car into a steering and suspension place and have them check it out?

    And would going to the dealership be better?
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    When's the last time the shock absorbers were replaced and the front end aligned ?????
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    the front end was aligned just this month, and the tires rotated with two new tires.

    Shock absorbers have never been replaced, but they shouldn't be bad as the car only has 71K miles.
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    "I was out driving my mom's car and the steering on it seemed really loose. Just a slight move of the steering wheel would have the car lurching to the side. My mom said that this has been getting worse over the past year."

    thats not loose,its tight and the way it should be

    drive with one hand on the steering wheel and watch if the car drifts left or right
    check tires for wear [rapid wear]
    going around corner's do tires squeal

    all signs of alignment problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by electric
    "I was out driving my mom's car and the steering on it seemed really loose. Just a slight move of the steering wheel would have the car lurching to the side. My mom said that this has been getting worse over the past year."

    thats not loose,its tight and the way it should be

    drive with one hand on the steering wheel and watch if the car drifts left or right
    check tires for wear [rapid wear]
    going around corner's do tires squeal

    all signs of alignment problem
    THe car does not drift, even with hands off the wheel. Tires are wearing normally.

    Also, going around the same corners at the same speed, my moms car's tires squeel a little, while my F-150 doesn't.
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    I have a 2006 ford freestyle awd it has very loose steering and it stays tilted at 45 degrees and to keep it straight you have to keep it tilted

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    Sounds like a simple alignment issue, assuming its nothing really bad like tie rod ends or any other steering system components, could be as simple as getting the front end aligned at the dealer or a shop.

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    Nothing like bumping a 9 and a half year old thread.

    But this gives me a chance to give an update.

    The 300M was never fixed, my mom traded it in for a new car. The repair costs were to high to fix. IIRC, the damage seemed to have been caused by hitting a curb or a large pot hole. A tie rod was bent and so was the control arm. The Chrysler dealership said that one wheel was turning (steering, not rotation) more than the other wheel and causing the steering problems.

    I remember that the car would be slow to react to a turn in one direction, requiring a lot of steering input, while turning the opposite direction required very little steering input, causing the car to overreact and become unbalanced causing it to slightly oversteering at higher speeds if you turned the wheel too quickly.
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