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Unread 08-04-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation Steering wheel suddendly jerks

I have a 06 club car precident with stock tires. And lately i noticed it mostly when going around a turn or hitting a bump in the road that the steering wheel suddendly jerks to the left and the wheel looks like it wobbles and starts making a grinding noise like it running over sand. When this happens the whole cart suddendly jerks to the left. It stops once i straighten out the wheel or stop. I just ajusted the steering alignment because the steering wheel was almost upside down out of no where. Maybe that has something to do with it? I checked the lug nuts and there all tight. I mainly noticed its just the front driver side tire that does this. How can i correct this?
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Unread 08-04-2015, 12:53 PM   #2
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steering wheel suddenly out of alignment
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Unread 08-04-2015, 04:13 PM   #3
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Hopper, I bought a similar cart last year to flip and had the same issue.... turned out to be the rack and pinion mount broken where it bolts to the frame. get up under the front end to see if the mounts are all good or if the rack is broken... I had to have mine welded.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 04:16 PM   #4
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The spindle is bent. Very common. It's up to you to identify which one is bent though. Usually when they bend , they don't bend very much and it's hard to see it by eye. Turn the steering wheel to the 12 o clock position and look and see which tire is facing straight and which tire is turned out or in. The tire that is turned will have the bent spindle.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 05:24 PM   #5
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The grinding sound is what got me, I'm thinking inner front wheel bearing, which is a common failure. The bearing would be causing the front wheel to lock up and pull the steering wheel. That's where I would look.
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Unread 08-04-2015, 06:29 PM   #6
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The grinding sound can also come from a tire steering too far in one direction and rubbing on inner suspension due to a bent spindle. The tire tread plowing on the ground due to improper alignment can make a similar noise as well.
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