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Old Jul 1st, 2014, 03:39 AM
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Twitchy steering

First post, couldn't find this exact problem in the archives so I hope this isn't repetitive.

I have a 2002 Cooper S with a bit over 50,000 miles on it (I know, I've only had it a year, must have been a snowbird car). Previous owner lowered it a bit more than stock, and I replaced rear control arms a while back. No other major changes I know about. 17" Toyo's with maybe 5,000 miles on them. Fresh alignment at that time.

Recently it seems like the steering has become more twitchy, and I can't tell if it's just my heightened perception or if there really is something wrong.

You know if you're on a section of road with grooved pavement and when the grooves stop the steering feels like it pulls a bit one way or another? It's that sensation. It's a very similar feeling to torque steer, but not necessarily in relation to pressing or releasing the gas pedal.

It's intermittent, and I usually only notice it at highway speeds. Today I turned to exit the freeway (maybe 70mph, a deliberate turn but nothing stupid), the car started to turn and then twitched (or suddenly turned a bit quicker than I moved the steering wheel), almost like a delayed reaction.

My regular mechanic took a test drive, checked it out and all he could come up with was worn out struts (which seem to have nothing to do with it in my mind).

Any ideas?
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The steering on our car become a bit more twitchy and seemed to loose it's crispness. Part of the problem turned out to be one front wheel bearing with play in it.
But also found the front lower wishbone rear bush to have a bit of play also which couldn't have been helping. Even after the wheel bearing there was a noticeable improvement. Maybe help?
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I'd certainly be suspecting front wishbone bushes, and potentially worn shocks. I've had to change those bushes in all of the cars I've owned. Never bad enough to fail an MOT but always made a massive difference after changed.
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