Steering wheel jerk

Asked by Mar 02, 2016 at 11:01 PM about the 2003 Subaru Legacy 2.5 L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2003 Subaru Legacy has an issue that
causes the steering wheel to jerk to the
left, only after driving the car enough to get
it up to temperature and the jerking occurs
after I let off the gas at just about any
speed. Has new rack and pinion and
passenger side CV axel, could it be the
driver side CV axel going bad? Feels like
kind of a slip when I let off the gas, but
problem only occurs when car is warm

2 Answers

18,955

sounds like front A members are shifting from worn bushings, or rear axel tube shifting for and aft, raise up on floor jack and shake tire and wheel for looseness

3,230

Yeah, but I'd check the new rack and CV carefully, as I'd guess that you got a bum "new" axle, as they seem to have a 10% or so defect rate. The opposite side doesn't really wear out so much as simply popping open its inner (DOJ) boot, eventually causing grabbing and shake once all the lubricant grease is spun out. Never heard of a bad new rack, but anything goes. Front worn bushings usually cause a shift at higher speeds or in the twisties, but not a cyclic shake that a bad axle provokes.

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