A car that feels like it’s slipping when turning is a scary feeling, especially because it can mean your tires are skidding on the road surface. This could be a sign of a serious problem, so it’s important to understand what causes this sensation and get it checked out as soon as possible.
Sometimes, this feeling can be caused by something as simple as a wet or snowy road surface that prevents your tires from gripping properly. In other cases, it’s due to a problem with your suspension or alignment. This can happen even if you’re driving on dry pavement, so it’s a good idea to have your tire and suspension system inspected regularly.
Another common cause of this feeling is power steering problems, which can make it hard to turn the wheel. A leaking pump or worn out hydraulic fluid can cause this to happen. A quick inspection can tell you if this is the issue, and a replacement of the fluid should solve it.
If the problem is with your steering system, then you’ll want to jack up the front of the car safely and manipulate the wheels from side to side while someone else turns the wheel. This will help you see if there’s any play or looseness in the steering components, such as from a bad tie rod end or strut mount. You can also try grabbing the wheel at the 3 and 6 o’clock positions and pushing up, down, and in to feel for any looseness or play.