2003 Mercury Mountaineer shimmying/weaving

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Old 12-12-11, 01:46 PM
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2003 Mercury Mountaineer shimmying/weaving

Had the front left bearing replaced last week along with the breaks. Noticed this weekend that the car seems to weave down the road. Stays in the lane, almost feels like the car is being pushed around by the wind. Only notice it at highway speed. Don't feel anything in the steering wheel, that I remember but my wife says she has to work harder to keep it straight so there must be something.

Any thoughts? I would really like to avoid putting anymore money into this thing.
 
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Needs a front end alignment.
 
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snaking. it moves on the road like snake, zig-zagging. do you have parallelogram steering?
 
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snaking was one of my symptoms either. you did not replace all broken components.
http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...eel-shake.html
 
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No idea on the steering and can't find anything about it through Google.
 
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Old 12-13-11, 06:55 PM
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No idea on the steering and can't find anything about it through Google.
no, seriously, all you had to do was to look at the post I linked you to, then look under neath the hood and compare to the picture in it. If you have steering shaft coming all the way out of the firewall, going down towards the front of the car, past the center of the front wheel, with something like a box with knuckle there - you have pitman and parallelogram steering. rack'n'ipnion is right against the firewall, long tube with 2 corrugated boots on each end.
 
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Old 12-13-11, 06:58 PM
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here's what pitman arm looks like, in general


 
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Old 12-14-11, 06:56 AM
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Per Autozone....looks like rack and pinion....at least thats what they list as a part.
 
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Take it back to where you got the work done last week.
 
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Old 12-14-11, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
Per Autozone....looks like rack and pinion....at least thats what they list as a part.
yep..

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Steering Type: Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft): 36.8
 
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Originally Posted by ukrbyk View Post
no, seriously, all you had to do was to look at the post I linked you to, then look under neath the hood and compare to the picture in it. If you have steering shaft coming all the way out of the firewall, going down towards the front of the car, past the center of the front wheel, with something like a box with knuckle there - you have pitman and parallelogram steering. rack'n'ipnion is right against the firewall, long tube with 2 corrugated boots on each end.
I didn't read through the link because it was called horrible steering wheel shake, which isn't a symptom of the problem. I don't notice any steering wheel shake at all.
 
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Old 12-20-11, 09:06 PM
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I didn't read through the link because it was called horrible steering wheel shake, which isn't a symptom of the problem. I don't notice any steering wheel shake at all.
yeah, but basically it describes a horrible entire front end shake. earthquake type thing at hwy speeds. scares the hell out of people. of course, it's not applicable to your vehicle, it has rack'n'pinion...
 
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Mine isn't shaking at all, just weaving. I'm taking it in Friday to have someone look at it. Hopefully it's just the alignment.
 
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