I have a 2002 stage4 WRX w/ basic suspension mods.
About 2 weeks ago I was taking a turn hard and heard a funny "clunk".
Ever since I have a clunk that occurs when I am taking a turn SLOWLY. It almost sounds as if something is stuck and then due to tension "pops" out.
I was convinced I blew a strut.
Fast forward 2 weeks and this morning I am on my way to work. For some reason while cruising on the highway around 75mph my steering starts to feel strange.
The steering felt very loose, inaccurate, sloppy, and whole front end was "floaty" when jerking the wheel back and forth.
I've never had my car feel this way.
I thought it was a flat tire but my tires are perfectly fine
It still drives, but feels very off and there is definitely something wrong. I'm unsure if it's tied to to the incident 2 weeks ago of the "clunk" but I am sure it is.
I called my buddy who is a mechanic and he stated that a blown strut will not likely affect my steering feel like that. I agreed because I have had a blown strut before and this feels different.
He suggested it's likely:
1) Broken tie-rod
2) Broken sway/broken sway mounts/bearing.
He's going to take a look at it tomorrow, but I'd like to collect some input here on what I should be looking out for.
The amount of attention my car is starting to require in minor repairs and maintenance is getting really annoying. In the last year I've had to do struts/spring, timing belt, all other pulleys and belts, brakes, AC compressor, and now whatever this is. It's beginning to near that point where it's going to cost me nearly what a new car would per month.
It's so strange. The car gave me literally ZERO problems up until 100k miles and ever since it's been one small annoying thing after another.
Thanks for any help!