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Gmc Terrain: Gmc terrain 2010, 52000 miles, steering wheel

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Gmc terrain 2010, 52000 miles, steering wheel is having some hard spots causing unprecise and unpleasant driving.....doesn't return to the neutral
(straight) position after turning a corner
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: GMC
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 6 months ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!The problem could be in the steering rack or column, a binding tie rod end or ball joint, but you most likely have a bad intermediate shaft. The intermediate shaft goes between the column and rack and contains U joints to allow the shaft to operate at an angle. When one or more of the joints starts to bind then it will cause the steering to bind only at certain points of wheel travel, as the binding joint comes to the area where it has to pivot. Usually a bad intermediate shaft will cause binding at 90 degree intervals of wheel travel. Based on your description I would recommend removing the intermediate shaft and feeling it's joints by hand.