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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2009, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 97 Thunderbird Sport 4.6. It handles great. I love this car! The only problem with the driving is always having to return the wheel back to center on every movement - from the slightest to the biggest move - I have to always turn the wheel back! Ideas?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2009, 07:02 AM
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I understand like pulling out on a road turning left or right and letting the steering wheel go and it will go back to straight . My bird does it good But I know of another car its FULL power steering and you have to help it go back straight

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The caster setting of the alignment is what "centers" the wheel when you're driving down the road.

Have your alignment checked and make sure the caster is set properly.

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Had the same problem with a Mark VIII. It was a bad rack and pinon.

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I second the rack. Just replaced all of my front suspension. I was told by the mechanic that the rack was bad, and the steering wheel would tend to "trail" itself, or continue in the same direction until changed. Not a pulling, but different. New rack and pinion would fix the problem. Hopefully that makes sense.
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I second the rack. Just replaced all of my front suspension. I was told by the mechanic that the rack was bad, and the steering wheel would tend to "trail" itself, or continue in the same direction until changed. Not a pulling, but different. New rack and pinion would fix the problem. Hopefully that makes sense.
Yes, this is the exact same problem I am dealing with right now. Will a 94 Tbird 4.6 rack swap over nicely to this car? I have one ready.
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**** that. I will get a new rack
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**** that. I will get a new rack
There's no way I would put in a used rack; the job is hard enough... I'm only doing it once.

In fact, I'll probably pay a shop to swap the next one, it's so bad.

Unless you have the engine out, or the hands of a three year old, it's a b*tch.

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