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Floating feeling when driving

Sometimes when driving especially on a wavy road I get this floating feeling. I describe it as driving on "balloon tires". Got checked out and my guy says there is some wiggle when he grabs the rack and pinion. Any thoughts?

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Sometimes when driving especially on a wavy road I get this floating feeling. I describe it as driving on "balloon tires". Got checked out and my guy says there is some wiggle when he grabs the rack and pinion. Any thoughts?
Here are my recommendations to fix that problem:

1) Check tire pressures.
2) Make certain all suspension components are tight.
--replace any loose joints / shims / bushings.... etc
3) Get 4-wheel alignment

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Do a bounce test on the rear bumper.
If you haven't replaced the rear shocks since the car was new, they will probably need replacing. Last year, after driving and fixing up another car over a couple of months, when I got back into my 08 Outback Wagon I almost got carsick when sitting in the rear seat during a drive. Replacing the rear shocks fixed it all up.
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Struts - rear i feel like are more commonly the issue on Subarus.

Does it feel like it kind of floats in certain situations and "bounces" more than it should?

Rack is unlikely the issue. A sloppy rack and bushings will result in delayed steering - turn the rack and there's a slight hesitation between turning the steering wheel and the car actually turning. That delay is the rack moving rather than the wheels before it's wedged in place and then the wheels turn.
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Replaced the rear struts in the last few months. The floating is more side to side. Not a bounce. All suspension stuff was good when checked. When the mechanic grabbed the rack you could hear a little knock. There was a rattle in the right front so axle was replaced but still hear the rattle. Tire pressure is good also.
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a bad alignment might feel like that, ...not getting enough friction on the road to make for good steering / tracking of the car.

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rotate tires and see if the problem changes.

alignment.

check bushings - those front rear control arm bushigns are prone to break on that vehicle though i don't think that would be your symptoms.

if you think it's the rack get some whiteline bushings to hold it in place and stiffen it up.

and if you have any OEM front axles left don't swap any more out - aftermarket axles absolutely and definitively suck - the mechanic probably through away a lifetime original OEM axle that could never fail and installed an inferior axle that can't possibly live up to the same. if he still has the axle i'd ask for it back.

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yep, definitely check those bushings, also check inner tie rods.

make certain tires are at correct pressure and are all 4 the same brand/model/wear level.

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I just changed mine a couple of weeks ago. Here's what the old ones looked like. Torn, but not broken all the way through.



I replaced the entire LCA even though the arm itself was in very good condition with zero rust.
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I just changed mine a couple of weeks ago. Here's what the old ones looked like. Torn, but not broken all the way through.
Yep - those commonly fail.
Could you notice any drivability issues?
Is that replacement piece intended to have better durability or is it just lighter?


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