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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2020, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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really odd steering feel?

06 fwd nox. i almost ran off road today. MN weather. icy/dry/snow. drove 50 miles on sunday. felt ok. stayed in lane. today we got 1" of snow and i live 200' from corner. made kind of a humming sound going to corner. got on main road and i could not stay in lane. left/right. but road looked normal. stopped at light about 3 blocks away and as i took off i went into right lane. i could not keep it straight. pulled into parking lot. all tires look good. turned around and limped home. i did hear some popping from front end. like a bad cv axle? but mostly quiet. but very hard to stay in my lane. steering rack? steering wheel knuckle assy? i am familiar with changing those on my older nox.
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06 fwd nox. i almost ran off road today. MN weather. icy/dry/snow. drove 50 miles on sunday. felt ok. stayed in lane. today we got 1" of snow and i live 200' from corner. made kind of a humming sound going to corner. got on main road and i could not stay in lane. left/right. but road looked normal. stopped at light about 3 blocks away and as i took off i went into right lane. i could not keep it straight. pulled into parking lot. all tires look good. turned around and limped home. i did hear some popping from front end. like a bad cv axle? but mostly quiet. but very hard to stay in my lane. steering rack? steering wheel knuckle assy? i am familiar with changing those on my older nox.
I would look at the tie rod ends; sounds like a toe-in or toe-out issue; the tires are possibly not pointing straight ahead and are sliding sideways when going straight.

Jack up the front end and attempt to shake the wheels left and right; you will probably find the problem by doing this. There should be no movement in one wheel without moving the other wheel.

On a slick road surface, this makes a vehicle almost impossible to drive. It's manageable on dry pavement but wears the tires quickly.

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i removed front strut 1 week ago to inspect top strut mount. yes a real pain to do. after i think the steering was off a few degrees. now, whenever i go thru parking lot the front end jerks when i hit ice patches. either the tires are going at different speeds (axle) or the tires are pointed different directions? but we are talking several degrees. not 10-15 degrees.
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One or two degrees difference can make a significant difference in handling. Recommend getting front end alignment as soon as possible--for safety as well as wear on tires.
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STOP DRIVING IT FIRST & FOREMOST!

Good lord be responsible if not for yourself how about the rest of us...
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adjusted toe. all is well.
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adjusted toe. all is well.

Hopefully you have some scientific measurement way of doing the adjustment, not just eyeballing it. Care to share so others can go into the alignment business.

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Hopefully you have some scientific measurement way of doing the adjustment, not just eyeballing it. Care to share so others can go into the alignment business.
Two people can set the toe with a tape measure.
Several YouTubes on google

Zero to very slight, 1/16 inch toe in is a good rule of thumb.
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I know its fixed but some shops might have a free alignment check. I work at canadian tire in the service department we offer it if requested. good place to start
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