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Old 04-Aug-2006, 08:29 PM
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Unhappy steering shakes + other problems..

Ok Ive had this problem for over 1 year now with my crx. Im getting sick of it.
I have replaced several parts.

- New steering rack + inner tie rods (couple months ago)
- outer tie rods (couple months ago)
- New front + rear wheel bearings
- new PIC coilover Suspension (installed 2 days ago)
- New brakes all around (last month)
- Numerous alignments
- Balanced tires 3 times...
- also changed out wheels/tires for another set...

The steering is shaking alot at 60 mph (100kph) , then when you go faster it goes away ....
I had my front upper control arms check and they seem ok.
My mechanic told me it could be my axles... ?
Also, my steering wheel is off abit. I cant get it straight. I tried driving and taking it off and aligning the splines, with no success..

what can I do ? Im thinking of selling this car now cuz its eating my money slowly!
I dont want to cuz it's mint... but these fininky things bother me.
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Old 04-Aug-2006, 08:38 PM
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i had a very similar problem and tried all of the things that you did and it didn't fix it. Then i changed my clutch, resurfaced and balanced my flywheel, sure enough the problem was gone, but my flywheel desperately needed to be balanaced.
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Old 04-Aug-2006, 09:18 PM
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Originally posted by zeeman
i had a very similar problem and tried all of the things that you did and it didn't fix it. Then i changed my clutch, resurfaced and balanced my flywheel, sure enough the problem was gone, but my flywheel desperately needed to be balanaced.
What ? are you serious, or is this a joke ....
I know my clutch is on its way out.... but.....
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dead serious dude.
When i first got my swap, i regrettedly didn't change the timing belt/water pump/clutch and after about 3 months of driving my clutch was so cooked that the rivets in the clutch disk were badly scoring the flywheel and pressure plate. When i had it resurfaced/balanced the machine shop said it was a good thing i balanced it b/c it was really out.
At 60mph what rpm are you at in 5th?
Try doing the same rpm in 3rd/4th and see if the same shake occurs, if not i doubt its the flywheel. Before i changed the clutch i had a shake at what i thought was a certain speed, but it turned out to be a certain rpm range. I tested the theory, sounds crazy i know, and by no means am i suggesting that you go through the trouble of balancing the flywheel to try and solve this. But if you do happen to change your clutch soon, make sure to resurface the flywheel and balance it while you are at it. Hell, for a little more you could purchase an aftermarket lightened flywheel that would come resurfaced/balanced and increase throttle response.
I've also had a shake go away from changing the axle, didn't expect that either, i just replaced the axle b/c the boot was ripped and grease all leaked out. I recommend getting an axle that has the little rubber balancer on it, if you're gunna replace them.
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good advice in my book!
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wow.. I think you are right ! It does it at a certain rpm range !
I have to check this out !

but what I dont get is how my steering shakes..what does the flywheel and/or clutch have to do with this ? It will make the steering vibrate ?
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could be axles or get your mechanic to check the run out on your spindles...does it happen at slow speed too...is it a shimmey or a vibration
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Originally posted by dingus888
could be axles or get your mechanic to check the run out on your spindles...does it happen at slow speed too...is it a shimmey or a vibration
Its a shimmy.
I'm gonna put new axles and see if that helps. $80 bux each aftermarket.
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