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1989 Bonneville Hard to turn.

I have a 1989 Bonneville that has become very hard to turn. Normal straight road or gentle curves are not a problem. Turning a corner at an intersection is the problem. It feels like a Universal Joint binding when I turn. That is, the resistance goes up and down as you turn. Or another way to describe it, resistance then break free over and over as you turn. If I put it up on jacks, it turns very freely in both directions, no binding. I don't feel any excessive play in any direction in the steering wheel or in the drive wheels. I have looked at the U-Joints in the steering column and visually appear to be in good shape. How do I determine if the problem is the U-Joints or farther down in the steering without tearing everything apart? Is anyone familiar with this problem?

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  • dardo13 Jul 17, 2009

    I was wrong on the year. It is a 1992 rather than 1989. I mixed up my daughters cars. Would the diagnosis still be the same

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The problem u are discribing is a failing rack and penion sterring control, the symptoms fit 100%
a rebuilt unit is less than $150.00 there is a tag on the steering unit you will need the number off that tag to get the correct part, there were a number of diff ones used in your car.

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