2003 Subaru outback - We run studded snows and have never had issues with snow/snow packed roads/ice, even on steep mtn roads here in Colorado. We were driving car earlier this week and on an slight uphill snowpacked road the car would “float” in the lane - just move back and forth in the lane, steering corrections would make it worse. My in-law was driving behind and saw the car floating back and forth across the lane. Slowed down, turned back onto wet roads - drove ok. Even driving downhill on snowpacked roads was ok. Took it to the mechanic - new tie rods, new strut supports. New snow tires (not studded this time since we moved out of the mountains). Drove it today - still getting a “floating” sensation even on flat roads that are snow packed. Axles were noted by mechanic as still in decent shape. No other major items identified by mechanic. This float is not normal - we’ve driven this car for 10 years on crazy snowy/icy/steep mtn roads and flat roads alike and have never experienced this. Thoughts?
Update - had to wait a day to get alignment for new tires - alignment was out on all 15 parameters for this car. 11 of 15 have been corrected (last 4 on rear end require much more work, not a safety issue, the values are not terribly off, but will cause slightly higher wear on tires on inner tread which we will keep an eye on and rotate tires and/or flip seating, and “float” is gone). Thank you to all - you were spot on! Great site for feedback and information - we really appreciate the input.