Steering Feels Loose and Sloppy
Steering wheel feels loose and sloppy while driving on a normal road this is because of over inflated tire or there is a faulty front end components.
Possible Cause of Steering Wheel that Feels Loose and Sloppy
Over inflated Front Tires
Steering wheel that feels loose and sloppy while driving is usually caused of front end components that are faulty or sometimes cause of over inflated front tires. With that said, the first thing to do is to check the front tires using a tire pressure gauge, compare the result with the tire pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacture. If you do not know the value of the recommended tire pressure, look on the tire placard label adhere on the driver side door or look on the owner’s manual included on the vehicle when you first purchase the vehicle.
Based on the result of car problem troubleshooting you found out that the problem is the overinflated tire just let lose some air from the tire to make the pressure within the recommended value and correct the problem of loose steering wheel.
If the tire pressure gauge actual pressure reading is higher than the recommended tire pressure then this causes sloppy or loose steering wheel. The problem happens because when tire is overinflated, the tire will not have a good contact with the road making it bounce around while the car is running. As the car runs faster the tire will bounce more. The bouncing effect will then be transferred to the steering linkage up to the steering wheel. The effect is a feeling of loose and sloppy steering wheel.
Faulty Front End Components
Now if the reading of the actual tire pressure is the same as the recommended value indicated on the label or owner’s manual then this only mean that the problem is not about overinflated front tires but rather a faulty front end component with that said it is necessary to inspect the car. When we say front end components, it consist of bars, rods, levers or other components underneath the front of the car, any of this parts when found to be faulty the driver may feels looseness on the steering wheel.
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If after correcting the tire pressure the problem still exists the possibility is that the one of the front end components is faulty, in this case bring the car to a shop and ask the mechanic to check the front end of the car for any loose components and repair or replace if necessary.