Here's an interesting one. Car is coming up on 95K miles, and i've never noticed this until lately. FWD
60MPH or so, and when i give it just enough gas to downshift i notice a slight "shift" in the front end when the car accelerates. best way to describe it is if you picked both front wheels up and moved them to the left 1" and then put the car down. It feels like the front end just kicks 1" to the left on the downshift
When i let off the gas after the above move, the car then shifts to the right 1" or so in the front end.
Hard to notice it at slower speeds. It also happens in turns, which can be a bit upsetting if you don't expect it. It's not so much turning left or right...but just a quick kick to the side of the front end only and still continues to go straight.
Inner and outer tie rod ends are brand new - both sides. Just did them about 5-10K miles ago. I jacked up each wheel and gave it a good yank and there's no movement at all anywhere. It's 10 degrees outside now, so i didn't pull the wheel off and start prying on things with a prybar just yet.
My struts are making noise, so i'm planning on replacing those shortly. I also have a set of lower control arms that I will install at the same time. My thinking is that it may be the lower control arm rear bushing mount that has enough play that when i give the vehicle power, it's shifting enough to allow the to toe on one wheel to change slightly. I remember there being some play in it when i did my tie rod ends...which is why i ordered the control arms.
Anyone ever experience anything like this?
EDIT: See post #28 for what the fix was