I have enjoyed my 1988 LS3/F40 6-speed (Archie swapped) Fiero as a fair weather driver for the past 2 years. Within the last month, I have noticed that the car steers to the left under throttle (feels like it is steering from the rear) and when I release the throttle, it straightens back out. I have had the vehicle aligned at the local Chevy dealer (where they checked suspension components for looseness). Once aligned to specs, they found no further issues. The Fiero does have a Quaife LSD, and there are no abnormal sounds emanating from the car or powertrain.
This is my first post. I have enjoyed my highschool dream car thoroughly so far and hope to tap into the incredible knowledge base of this forum. Does anyone know what may be causing this rear steer issue? I am afraid that continued driving may cause something to snap (the "rear steer" is most noticable on the highway). Before this started happening, I did hear/feel a pop from the back of the car.
The specs of what was done during the alignment is listed below:
Alignment: 1. Rear cradle alignment checked, adjusted to specs, tightened. 2. Toe, Camber, Caster, Alignment checked, brought back to specs, tightened-front and rear. 3. Shocks and struts visually inspected. No issues. 4. Steering components and linkage checked. No issues. 5. Front and rear brake pads checked. No issues. 6. CV drive axle boots leaking a little.
I appreciate everyone's help on this topic (tried the search engine here and nothing pertaining to this issue popped up...even when searching the archives)!
I would look at the left rear suspension. I would say that somehow the left rear wheel is shifting forward when it pulls, that pushes the rear to the right and causes the car to try to go left. It may take quite a load on the wheel to shift it, but I bet you find something. You may try blocking the front wheels and then pulling up against them with the car stationary and see if you see the wheel shift forward. Larry
Check the long bolt that attached the lateral (side to side) links to the rear upright. It can work its way loose and allow the wheel to toe in/toe out.
It they are tight, you should probably consider a rod end lateral link upgrade for the rear. With the available torque from the LS3, you could very well just be deflecting the bushings and causing the toe in/toe out. The rod end lateral link upgrade eliminates bushing deflection so no more torque induced toe changes.
I appreciate all the responses provided. I won't be able to check the root cause immediately (I will be starting my 2-week annual training period for the reserves in 2 days) but I will use all the responders' expertise to figure out what is wrong and effect a repair. I will post the results here to aid future Fiero enthusiasts going through a similar situation. Thank you!