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post #1 of 8 Old 12-18-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Steering wheel off center to left, then jerks to the right

I have a 2008 jeep compass with around 150k miles. It recently started malfunctioning but the check engine light isn't one. Here's what it does...as you turn it on and are driving the steering wheel is off center to the left a bit. Then as you're gaining speed you start hearing a small rattle underneath, then the traction control light flashes on for a bit then the steering wheel suddenly jerks right(which causes the driver to jerk the car to the left a bit). After this the traction control light comes off and drives pretty normal, aside from the steering wheel being off center. Has anyone had this similar problem? I don't feel safe having my wife drive it this way, it's pretty scary when it does that and it happens everytime.

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Its most likely coming on because the steering not centered to start with. If you have to turn the wheel off center either left or right to drive straight on a normal road then. Its usually the result of the front tie rod end were replaced and not correctly so that the wheel is now off center. That causes the computer to believe you are in a skid and out of control activating the Antiskid technology and ABS brakes to maintain control (all that noise you're hearing).

Solutions is to get the front end adjusted or aligned so that it tracks straight. The skid light won't come on and the problem is solved.

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Thanks for the reply! I did have some front end work done to it a few months ago so this might be a possibility. I'll get it checked out this weekend and update you on what I hear.

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For sure its the problem then. I did my tie rod end last summer and because of the wheel off center I had a pair come one every time. It took me 4-5 jack up, pull apart, adjust a turn or two in a direction, back together and test drive each time until I got the wheel as straight as I could. There isn't an alignment adjustment as in most vehicles for the steering that I could see anywhere. Going by the number of turns of the old tie rod applied to the new one did not result in it being correct for some reason. I was worn out by the time I got it right. The lights go off after short run of driving on their own.

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So it basically needs an alignment?
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That would be part of an alignment, centering the steering wheel.

Other than that as I did I readjusted the rod I replace that through it off. If more than one side was done then a 4 wheel alignment is necessary.

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Update: turns out I had a ball left lower ball joint which was throwing the alignment off. Got that replaced and fixed the problem
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So your ball joint was not replaced that was bad but other parts were replaced? Anyway its good to here its sorted out now.

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