4 Causes of a Steering Wheel That’s Off-Center (and How to Fix It)

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If you spend enough years behind the wheel, you will inevitably run into more than one situation that will cause you to scratch your head. These situations tend to be most memorable, for their ability to bewilder the average motorist, due to the seemingly impossible circumstances that they present. One mind-boggling situation that perfectly illustrates … Read more

Steering Wheel Locked Up While Driving? (Causes and What to Do)

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For most motorists, few things could be more terrifying than having the steering lock up while driving. With little or no warning you suddenly cannot control your car. It’s fortunate that automobile steering systems are designed to greatly minimize the occurrence of this heart-pounding event.  In this article we will discuss two modes of steering … Read more

Understanding the Behavior of Your Theft Protection Steering Lock System

The Automobile Safety Foundation argues that steering wheel lock systems are inherently unsafe. This information leads me to believe that all US manufacturers have discontinued this anti-theft feature, replacing it with the electronic immobilizer system. However, that doesn’t seem to be entirely true. It appears that Toyotas still had this feature as recently as 2018 … Read more

What is Toe? (Toe-In vs. Toe-Out Effects)

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Vehicle technology continues to improve, allowing people to have and enjoy dynamic systems and in-vehicle handling, such as toe angle improvement. But you may ask: “What is toe?” What is Toe? Toe, or tracking, is when a car’s wheels point to the right or left side in an asymmetric angle. Toe-in, also known as positive … Read more

6 Symptoms of a Bad Power Steering Pump (and Replacement Cost)

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Power steering was created in 1951 to help drivers turn their vehicles with ease. During a time when cars started getting bigger and heavier, this was a welcome advancement in technology. It takes more energy to move something with more mass, especially at low speeds. Classic power steering uses a power steering pump that moves … Read more

What is Camber? (Positive vs Negative Camber Effects)

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Camber refers to the angle of the wheel and tire relative to a perfectly flat road. The tops of the wheels can lean either towards or away from the center of the car when viewed from behind.  The ideal camber balances tire traction and tire wear, and thus varies for each vehicle depending on how … Read more

What is Caster? (Negative vs Positive Caster Effects)

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A vehicle’s suspension geometry has three common measurements, which can often be adjusted, called caster, camber, and toe. Caster is measured on the steering wheels (i.e the front wheels) as an angle which evaluates the forward or backward tilt of the steering axis when viewing the car from the side. This axis connects the lower … Read more