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Old 28 Sep 2009, 10:10 am
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Default Wierd sort of pulsation in steering wheel 1990 Accord

When moving rather slowly turning the steering wheel slowly either
right or left causes a pulsation in the steering wheel. It is most
noticeable when I back out of the driveway and turn either left or
right to head down the street. At first I thought it was a bent wheel
but at higher speeds there is no vibration, nothing. I had new front
tires installed and balanced as well as complete alignment about 20k
miles ago at about 90k miles. If something is bent or out of balance
should it not get worse at higher speeds? Both CV joints were changed
at about 80k miles and there is no klicking sound when turning. Could
the power steering pump be pulsating at lower rpms? Could the power
steering actuator be binding up causing it to move in small jumps? I
don't want to change thousands of $ of parts before I luck into the
answer.
Thanks Bob
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Old 29 Sep 2009, 10:38 am
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Default Re: Wierd sort of pulsation in steering wheel 1990 Accord

In article <280920090810279670%sheldonrl@gmail.com>, road apple
<sheldonrl@gmail.com> wrote:

> When moving rather slowly turning the steering wheel slowly either
> right or left causes a pulsation in the steering wheel. It is most
> noticeable when I back out of the driveway and turn either left or
> right to head down the street. At first I thought it was a bent wheel
> but at higher speeds there is no vibration, nothing. I had new front
> tires installed and balanced as well as complete alignment about 20k
> miles ago at about 90k miles. If something is bent or out of balance
> should it not get worse at higher speeds? Both CV joints were changed
> at about 80k miles and there is no klicking sound when turning. Could
> the power steering pump be pulsating at lower rpms? Could the power
> steering actuator be binding up causing it to move in small jumps? I
> don't want to change thousands of $ of parts before I luck into the
> answer.
> Thanks Bob

further to my first post at 20 mph or slower in a straight line you get
the same pulsation. Maybe I had better go back to Americas Tire and
have the front wheels checked.
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Old 29 Sep 2009, 11:24 am
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Default Re: Wierd sort of pulsation in steering wheel 1990 Accord


"road apple" <sheldonrl@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> further to my first post at 20 mph or slower in a straight line you get
> the same pulsation. Maybe I had better go back to Americas Tire and
> have the front wheels checked.


A bent wheel might be more obvious at low speeds. This sounds like it could
be a broken radial belt in a tire. Check the walls for lumps before you
drive to the tire store. Good luck.

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Old 29 Sep 2009, 02:31 pm
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Default Re: Wierd sort of pulsation in steering wheel 1990 Accord

In article <IoydnR2SqshaqV_XnZ2dnUVZ_vudnZ2d@earthlink.com> , uncle K
<nospam@all.com> wrote:

> "road apple" <sheldonrl@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:290920090838495995%sheldonrl@gmail.com...
>
> > further to my first post at 20 mph or slower in a straight line you get
> > the same pulsation. Maybe I had better go back to Americas Tire and
> > have the front wheels checked.

>
> A bent wheel might be more obvious at low speeds. This sounds like it could
> be a broken radial belt in a tire. Check the walls for lumps before you
> drive to the tire store. Good luck.
>

Thanks for the idea. Actually, America's Tire will check all of that
for free. The only charge would be for a new tire. It might even have
some waranty left.
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