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Unread 02-02-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Does the rack and pinion actually contribute to excees steering wheel play?

I was just wondering if an aging rack and pinion (on a power steering vehicle) could possibly contribute to excess steering wheel slop. You know, when you start to turn the steering wheel, but the front wheels aren't actually turning yet. I have a leaking power steering rack on one of my vehicles, and I will be replacing it very soon. But I was just wondering if this will help any of the extra play in the steering wheel. I have already replaced the tie rods and the usual culprits, so I was hoping that this would take a little more slack out of the wheel. Is it a common culprit for this problem? Or not really?

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Unread 02-02-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Yes it can the gear does wear over time. Specially if the fluid hasn't been changed periodicly. also check the inner tie rods and steering coupler. What kind of vehicle is it?
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It can but it's not common. Usually rack and pinion sets stay tight far longer than recirculating ball sets.
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Well see now that I've replaced my rack and pinion on my 94 GT, The steering has gotten a lot easier. Its not hard to turn at all. Its almost... too easy.

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