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    After replacing rack, tie rod ends, upper and lower ball joints, upper and lower control arms, springs and shocks, rear LCA bushings (rubber) and all link kits - I really hate how the car feels. I also had it aligned.

    It's very hard to turn the wheel; it wasn't that hard before this work. If I'm on the highway and I take a slight turn, I can let go of the wheel and the steering pretty much stays put. I've tried adjusting the pre-load on the rack only to create a slight vibration. I had marked it and put it back to the original adjustment.

    BTW - I have Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires.... and I hate them. I have my fronts at 32 psi and the rears at 30.

    I'm at a loss.

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    Have you inspected your steering shaft coupler? Could be binding. I had a fleet truck at my shop with a similar issue. Turned out to be a binding steering shaft coupler and right front lower ball joint.

    You DID bleed the air out of the steering pump, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Have you inspected your steering shaft coupler? Could be binding. I had a fleet truck at my shop with a similar issue. Turned out to be a binding steering shaft coupler and right front lower ball joint.

    You DID bleed the air out of the steering pump, correct?
    Interesting. I'll check that coupler. It does feel more jittery when steering to the right and bringing it back left. Yesterday I had to hit the brakes on the highway and it pulled right. Either something is loose or the alignment is off.

    Yes ... I did bleed the pump.

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    That's what our fleet truck did. Whenever the brakes were applied, the truck pulled right. Check that coupler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    That's what our fleet truck did. Whenever the brakes were applied, the truck pulled right. Check that coupler.
    Definitely on to something. What did you do to remedy the binding .... did you have to replace parts? After taking a quick look - I see a slot for adjustment towards the top of the steering shaft. The only thing that I physically changed was the coupler connection at the rack. Should I loosen the coupler there and work the steering wheel back and forth (with the thought that it didn't seat down as far as it should go?

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    Steering couple was indeed binding. I loosened it up and was able to tap it down to the steering rack at least 1/2". Steering is again fluid and not jittery.
    Thanks for the help, cammed goat. I had been thinking coupler - but not that it was binding - but that maybe it was loose. That was after second guessing damn near every repair that I've made to the suspension.

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    Not a problem. Glad to hear you got everything sorted out.

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    I have a 2004 Pontiac GTO with numerous engine mods that have dynoed to 418.3 horsepower to wheels. I am now having to replace my front struts. Do you guys have any good suggestions on which struts I should purchase?

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    Replied in the wheel/tire section.

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