2003 Mazda Protege5 2.0
Hey Scotty, i'm a small time mechanic (free lance auto repairs) however, a friend of mine asked if i could look into the steering issue with her car i've had it for about 5 hours now, have rotated the wheels, back to front and ( X ), the steering wheel is moving itself to the shape of the roads, and bumps, so if i take it to the highway, and the road is slightly curved, the cars steering wheel will pull that way, and if i go over bumps, (1 wheel hits a bump when the others don't) the steering wheel will jerk hard to the shape of the bump the wheel is going over, HOWEVER... if both front tires hit a speed bump for example, EVENLY at the same time, the steering wheel stays perfectly centered like it should... and it happens with any once wheel hitting a bump without any other wheel hitting them at the same time, and the car pulls left or right SOMETIMES going down uneven roads, i think it is related to the same thing that is causing the wheel jerk, bump steer, torque steer... its got my head spinning could use some help here are the things i've done so far
checked wheels, rims, tires, ball joints(seem good to me)
tie rods aren't bent, shocks and struts are good
alignment was done.
also, when the car isn't moving, there is no play in the wheel, but when you start moving over 20/25/30, there is i'd say about 1 or 2 inches of freeplay in the steering wheel....