Date: 29 Mar 2007 16:02:28 -0700
From: "mark" <>
Subject: Re: '89 900 Randomly Pulls Slightly Left or Right at Highway Speed

On Mar 28, 5:13 pm, "Richard" <rootnospamlhost> wrote: > "mark" <> wrote in message > > > > > The last time I had this happen was on my 87 9000 & it was due to a > > worn ball joint. I jacked up the front end of the 900 & both wheels > > felt tight so I'm wondering what else could cause the random pulling. > > Could it be a worn steering rack? Any suggestions are greatly > > appreciated. > > Mark > > Hi Mark, > yes, might be caused by a worn steering rack. > Or air in the steering-system. > Allthoug that might not be a real "pulling"... but feels more like the car > is not wanting to go straight ahead by itself, you continuously have to > correct it. > > Other things to check are wheel-alignment (!) and tire wear or damage. > Did this appear all of a sudden? Or did it gradually get worse? > > Good luck, > Richard. Thanks for the info Richard. It did appear rather sudden. I do have new ball joints for it but I only got a chance to replace the right upper one last year because it was clunking on the right front side but after replacement it still clunked. I'll replace the other ball joints to rule them out as suspects. This vehicle has 120K on it so they need to be changed anyway. I think that the pulling problem is most likley due to worn ball joints (my 9000 did exaclty the same thing before the ball joint broke and almost killed me) but I'll have to change them to find out. Driving on worn ball joints is extremely dangerous so I will replace them ASAP. BTW, if the pulling problem is because of a worn steering rack is there a chance of losing the steering completely? Mark

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