2006 Hatchback Steering Oscillation (BAD)
So, I have an '06 hatch, and I recently had the tires replaced on it, but I had issues before getting the tires replaced. I also recently replaced the rear struts on the car (glad I did, because I found a broken rear mount).
Anyways, I thought maybe the issue would go away after replacing the rear struts/mount, but it didn't. Essentially, the car becomes very unpredictable to drive when I hit bumps. The steering wheel will oscillate horribly (at higher speeds), or it will get very stiff, and I'll feel like I can't make whatever turn I am in (like the car is understeering).
Is this just the way the car handles, or is something wrong there? I had the alignment checked at a Sears; everything looked okay, but the cross-toe was not equal to zero. Somebody told me potentially that bad toe could cause issues like this?
Additionally, this stuff happens at any speed. I can be parking the car, catch a bump, and the steering goes stiff on me.