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Bushings worn out where control arms connect to rack & pinion

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Those are available from any parts store. Inner tie rod bushings.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

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Steering has play in it. wanders on the road. tie rods ect. seems ok. could steering box be bad or can it be adjusted?


Rack and pinion worn, worn bushings, worn steering box, bad alignment, bad tire, lots of causes.

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Should there be any play in the frame mount bushings on the lower control arm or the rack and pinion frame mount bushing?


The control arm will move some, the bushings are rubber. Made to do that so the ride isn't like being in a tank. The rack only has one bushing, on the passenger side. If your talking about the bar behind the rack. It is called a sway bay. It has two frame bushings. If the sway bar is moving up and down 1/2 inch, the bushing are bad. There should be some movement, but 1/2 inch is excessive. Again they are rubber. Any thing rubber is going to have movement. But should be sloppy.

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My rack and pinion is starting to go bad. Now it makes a popping sound when I turn sometimes. What causes that?


Unless the rack is moving side to side due to loose bolts or warn bushings it is almost impossible for it to make any type of noise at all,
if poping noises can be heard turning the wheel while the car is parked you have one of a few different problems,
1, worn ball joints
2, warn control arm bushings
3, worn tie rods
4, worn upper strut mount bearings

The rack and pinion can usually be rejuvenated by flushing the system and adding Lucas rack and pinion sealer, this seals it internally also making it work much better.



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How do I tell if knocking noise in steering is a rack and pinion issue?


Could b a bushing on rack maybe...could b other things on suspension such as wheel bearing, control arm bushings, ball joints, tie rods

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Steering wheel won't return


you could have a problem with the steering rack bushings causing the steering to bind and not return.check the power steering fluid level,it could also be a pressure valve in the rack that is not working properly or a worn out rack &pinion assembly in which case the rack will have to be replaced as you have to if the bushings are worn out.also check the steering colume rag joint which is the universal joint in the colume which may be worn out.

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My 96 camry has a lot of play and strays whats wrong?


Better have the front end checked, might be a front end component, like a worn ball joint, idler arm,center link, worn rack-n-pinion, tie rod end, most likely front end alignment.

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99 Olds alero will only turn to the right. On quick inspection found that the rack and pinion moves with turning the wheels. Is it supposed to?


The whole rack & pinion does NOT move! Only the rod out of either end of it. If the main body, where the hoses connect, is moving the mounting bolts are missing, or broken.

Normally any vehicle with rack & pinion steering, that will not turn left equals a bad rack & pinion.
The "wont turn left" is the classic industry wide indicator that the rack & pinion is worn out.

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1987xj6sovereign steering bites on turns


The bushings on rack-and-pinion steering mounts may have disintegrated and need to be replaced.
which will create slack in the steering when ever you drive it . The ball joints could and control arm bushings could also be worn inspect them for ware.

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