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Loose steering wheel

Just had the rack and pinion put in. now the steering column is very loose and affects my driving on the highway back and fouth work. im not a mechanic, so i have no idea where the nuts and bolts will be at to tighten the steering column. i can move the steering wheel about 4 to 5 inches in any direction. lol thats pretty bad!

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If you are having this problem after having the rack and pinion replaced, return to where you had that work done.

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Go back to the 'mechanic' who installed the parts.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

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