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Old 05-24-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Steering play after new struts

Hello all. I have done alot of reading about steering problems with the vue over the last few days, but nothing really pointed to an answer with my problem.

I have an 04 awd v6, has 140k miles. Last weekend I finished replacing the front struts and mounts and afterwards there has been ALOT of play in the steering wheel. and a severe bumpsteer issue that was not noticeable beforehand.

Prior to doing the struts, the steering was tight, and car acted fine, aside from being driven with worn out struts.

Could the new struts be revealing a prior issue in the steering that the old struts were masking?

I can jack the car up, and the ball joints and tie rod ends feel tight, although they may be original.

I know the passenger front wheel bearing is starting to go out, high pitched whine while taking hard left turns. I plan on replacing both wheel bearings in the coming few days.

I have read several things about the intermediate shaft clunking and thumping, but I am not getting those symptoms. It did start squeaking this winter, but stopped once it warmed up.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steering play after new struts

Alignment after new struts ?
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Steering play after new struts

yup. S.O.P, after susp. parts replacement mentioned( a 4-wheel allignment).

in addition to loose bolts ,somewhere, or wheel lugnuts.
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