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Clicking Sound When Turning Steering Wheel

Clicking Sound When Turning Steering Wheel

Car trouble symptoms

While turning the steering wheel when driving, the clicking sound is heard coming from the front end.
This particular problem/noise can often be traced to something called a "CV Joint" (If so equipped). However, only front-wheel-drive cars have CV joints. Therefore, is your car a front-wheel-drive? if so, then the problem is a faulty outboard CV joint that is causing the noise.

Cause of clicking sound when turning the steering wheel

(1) CV joint problem.
(2) Front end components problem.


Car troubleshooting

If the car has the front-wheel-drive it has CV Joints (since all front-wheel drive vehicles have CV joints). Now, you may be saying to yourself, "What are CV Joints and what do they have to do with this clicking noise I'm hearing?" Well, CV Joints (i.e. Constant Velocity Joints) are, very generally, flexible joints that allow for the smooth application of the engine's power to the front wheels of a vehicle. There are two types of CV Joints, inboard, and outboard - the outboard joints being nearest to the wheel.

Among mechanics, it is a known fact that when an outboard CV Joint is either worn or damaged, it will often make some sort of noise. When the vehicle is turning, this noise is usually a clicking sound. Although this doesn't seem like much of an explanation, just accept it as a "rule of thumb" that is based on the experience of many mechanics.

What to do?

Crawl underneath the front of this vehicle (the side where the clicking noise is coming from) and inspect the outboard CV Joint boot (the boot is the rubber, ribbed "thing" which contains the CV Joint). Refer to a repair manual covering this vehicle if you aren't sure what you're looking for. If the boot is torn in any way, this means that road dirt/grime has ruined the joint and thus is causing the joint to make a clicking noise during turns. In this case, you'll need to have the CV Joint replaced.

However, even if the boot isn't torn, this does not mean that the CV Joint inside the boot is OK - more than likely there's still something wrong with it (since you are hearing, what is called by mechanics, the "CV Joint click"). In any case, take this vehicle to a garage and ask the mechanic to find out exactly what is causing the clicking noise. Good luck.

If your car is a rear-wheel drive, the most likely caused of the clicking noise is damage or binding front end components.

Unfortunately, there really isn't much we can explain in this particular situation. As was mentioned, although a faulty CV Joint is a common cause of this problem, it's not a possibility here since this vehicle is a rear-wheel drive and such vehicles don't have CV Joints.

So then, the only thing we can think of is that a front end component is damaged and thus binding. Specifically, when a vehicle is turning, its front end components are under more stress than when the vehicle is going straight. The added stress on the damaged front end component must be causing it to bind and therefore causing the clicking noise you're hearing. Some front end components that could be causing such noise are a tie rod end, control arm bushing, steering knuckle, or a ball joint. Incidentally, another possibility is that a wheel bearing has been damaged.

What to do?
Have a mechanic inspect the front end parts of this vehicle and make any necessary repairs. Take care of this problem soon since the clicking noise is merely a warning of something more serious to come, like possibly a broken front end component and thus serious traffic accident.

Front end parts of car

Try to find a garage that is approved by the AAA. Such garages tend to be reputable and, best of all, if you do have a dispute after the work is done, the AAA has the policy to investigate the situation and resolve it.
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Steering Feels Loose at High Speeds

Steering wheel feels loose at high speeds

If the steering wheel feels loose and sloppy especially at higher speed, it is an indication of a problem caused by one or more faulty front end components. However, this problem has also been known to be caused by overprinted front tires.

Now, using a tire pressure gauge, check the air pressure of each front tire and compare it to what it's supposed to be (refer to the vehicle's owner's manual if you are unsure of the correct pressure).

How to Check Tire Air Pressure
The tire tread life will be reduced if the tire air pressure of your car is below the car manufacturer tire air pressure specified on your car owner’s manual.
Learn more: How to Check Tire Air Pressure

If the tire pressure reading is significantly higher than normal, the problem is over-inflated tires that causing loose sloppy steering.

Tires that are over-inflated don't "hug" the road well. As a result, they have a tendency to sort of "bounce around" as the vehicle is being driven. Further, the faster the vehicle moves, the more the tires "bounce". This bouncing effect is transmitted to the steering linkage and, hence, results in loose and sloppy steering.

What to do? how to fix loose steering wheel?


Let some air out of each front tire. Refer to the vehicle's owner's manual for the correct air pressure. Doing this should improve the steering problem. However, if it doesn't, the cause probably lies with one or more loose/worn front end components.

If the tire is not higher than normal, then the problem is not over an inflated tire and it could be one or more loose or worn front end components.

Since "overinflated front tires" was ruled out, the only other possibility is something involving the vehicle's "front end". Now... you may be asking, "What exactly is the front end?" Well, very loosely, it's all those bars, rods, levers, and other gizmos underneath the front part of a vehicle. Specifically,

We are referring to such front end components as the tie rod ends, ball joints, and control arms. These parts all contribute to a vehicle's handling performance and are critical towards achieving "tight" steering. If any are loose or worn, the steering will be loose/sloppy.

Front end suspension components

What to do?

Have a mechanic inspect the front end of this vehicle and make any necessary repairs. Please take care of this problem very soon. Why? Because the loose/sloppy steering means the handling is poor and this spells "hazard". Try to find a garage that is approved by the AAA. Such garages tend to be reputable and, best of all, if you do have a dispute after the work is done, the AAA has a policy to investigate the situation and resolve it.



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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 component.

Reasons why steering wheel feels loose and sloppy


Overinflated Front Tires

A steering wheel that feels loose and sloppy while driving is usually caused by front end components that are faulty or sometimes cause of over-inflated front tires. With that said, the first thing to do is check the front tires using a tire pressure gauge, compare the result with the tire pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. 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 loose some air from the tire to make the pressure within the recommended value and correct the problem of the 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 the tire is overinflated, the tire will not have 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 the 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 means 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 consists of bars, rods, levers or other components underneath the front of the car, any of these parts when found to be faulty the driver may feel looseness on the steering wheel.



If after correcting the tire pressure the problem still exists the possibility is that 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.





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What Causes Vibration in the Steering Wheel?

What causes vibration in the steering wheel? the steering wheel vibrates especially when the car reaches a certain speed. The vibration is enough to be felt by the driver. There are two reasons that causing the vibration the first one is if the front end parts are loose and the other one is if the front wheel is an imbalance.


Vibration in the Steering Wheel

Possible cause of car steering vibration
1)The front end parts are loose.
2)The front wheel is an imbalance.

Car problem diagnostic
When steering wheel vibrates at a certain speed there are two possible reasons that causing this kind of car trouble its either some front end parts are loose or there is an imbalance between the front wheels.

The front ends parts that are more likely to lose which may result in steering vibration when the car reaches a certain speed are the tie rods and the ball joints. The problem occurs when the car reaches a certain speed the vibration will become extreme since the vibration is extreme it can easily be felt on the steering wheel because the steering wheel is connected to the front end of the car.


Also when the front wheels are imbalanced it can cause the steering wheel to vibrates because the wheels are produced with heavy spots, when wheels are produced in this condition it means that the weights are unevenly distributed all throughout the wheel. If the weight of the wheel is not evenly distributed the wheel will rotate unevenly as the tire is rolling, the uneven rotation will create vibration especially when the car reaches a certain speed. The created vibration will then be transferred to the steering linkage all the way to the steering wheel since the steering wheel is connected to the front end which the tire is also connected. The weight of the wheel becomes uneven if the wheel balance is detached from the wheels this happens when the wheel balance is not perfectly fit the wheel. Wheel balance is a piece of metal that is attached to the wheel to correct imbalance making the wheel to become balance.

What to do?

How to correct the vibration of the steering wheel at a certain speed


When the steering vibrates after the car reaches a certain speed, before looking at the front end components, first thing to do is to subject the front wheels for balancing, more often balancing the wheel can usually fix the problem of steering vibration, however if after balancing the steering wheel still vibrates then that is the time to look into the front end, your option is to bring the car to a shop and have the front end check by a mechanic.
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Steering Wheel is stiff when the Engine is cold

The steering wheel is stiff to one direction when the engine is cold this is because the control valve assembly of rack and pinion is faulty.


Steering Wheel becomes Stiff While Driving

The reason why while driving sometimes the steering wheel becomes stiff is a problem on the steering pump or the steering belt is slipping.


Steering Wheel or Steering Column is Loose

The steering wheel or the steering column feels loose while driving the reason is because the steering shaft or steering column components is loose. Other reason is due to loose universal joint.


Steering Wheel do not Return after Turning in a Curve

Normally when a car is coming out of the curve the steering wheel will return to its position for straight running, however sometimes after the car is coming out the curve after turning, the steering wheel does not return easily.



Vibration of Steering Wheel at Certain Speed

The steering wheel vibrates when the car reach a certain the possible reason is that the front wheel is imbalance or there is a loose front end parts.


Steering Wheel Shakes When Braking

Steering wheel shakes when braking. When the brake pedal is press the steering wheel vibrates, the shaking is extreme that can easily notice by the driver.


Vibration in Steering Wheel

Symptoms of Car Problems: Vibration in steering wheel while driving at a certain speed.

Troubleshooting car problems: Vibration in steering wheel happens when there is an imbalanced front wheel or a loose front end parts. Usually an imbalance front wheels is more likely to happen than a loose front end parts, the wheel will become imbalance when the weight of the wheel is not distributed evenly throughout the wheel, it means that there is a heavy spots somewhere on the wheel making it to rotate unevenly that triggers vibration especially when a car reached a certain speed. This vibration may then be transmitted into the steering wheel through the steering linkage.

Car Pulls to the Right or Left Slightly

If a car is pulling to the left or pulling to the right while driving possible reason is the tire pressure is a mismatch, the brakes are dragging or the wheel is slightly out of alignment.


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