Difficult steering on 100 series landcruiser

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 11:33
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I bought a 100 series 4.5 EFI landcruiser recently (it has done 108,000 kms) that has Michelin Synchrone tyres on it. It has developed a habit of following the grooves and bumps in the road (bitumen) so that it has become difficult to steer. eg. If the road has lots of repairs to it or has a seam in the bitumen it suddenly jerks off in the direction of the uneven surface and is worse in the wet. Before I go and ask Toyota or a tyre company I thought I would see if anyone knew what it might be. The tyres or wheel alignment or something else. Any ideas?
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Reply By: Peter L - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 11:46

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 11:46
Have you done a lift ? - if so that changes the angle of the front avle and interferes with the caster settings.
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Follow Up By: Mike (Bendigo) - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:04

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:04
As far as I know everything is standard.
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 13:51

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 13:51
gday mike.
did the car start playing up when you put tyres on or were they on it.
if your driving past borough tyres pop in and ill have a look for youback by popular demand
:-)
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Reply By: Ross - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 14:24

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 14:24
Tyres would be the main suspect--crazy pressures, uneven wear etc.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 14:34

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 14:34
Start with the checks, do tyre pressures, even front to back swaps, then get a suspension place to check caster and alignment, aswell as bushes, swivel bearings etc.
This symptom is usually from lifted springs, but might also be steeringbox out of adj, or steering damper etc etc etc etc
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Reply By: Member - Eric- Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 21:03

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 21:03
how about this for a simple solution , your wife hit a gutter and never told you lol . Mate sounds like your toe in is up the claka . Get a wheel alighment and you will be back on track Venus Bay
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Reply By: cruiser - Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 12:12

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 12:12
I had a landcruiser with Michelin tyres on it and they did the same thing. Had all the things checked that have been suggested by others in this post and in the end I just replaced the tyre with another brand and hey presto, the problem disappeared.
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Follow Up By: Mike (Bendigo) - Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 14:11

Friday, Nov 07, 2003 at 14:11
Thanks to all who responded.
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