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I replaced the rack and pinion/tie rod ends and lower and upper ball joints. Now the truck pulls to the right with my tires sqealing when I turn.2000 dodge dakota 2wd.

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You have to get it aligned at a shop after messing with your steering geometry. Your tires could be pointing in towards each other or pointing out away from each other. It's called toe in or toe out.

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How do I correct excessive play in the steering?


There's no easy answer for this because it involves checking every joint from the wheels right back to the steering box/rack & pinion/steering servo. Start with tie rod ends and upper & lower ball joints. Hopefully you find your problem here because after that it gets harder and requires more info on the vehicle.

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Could be a bad tire ( or bent rim Have balance checked), ball joint, idler arm, wheel bearing, steering tie rod end or defective rack and pinion unit. Lift vehicle about 1 inch off ground ( do each side independently) Use a pry bar and pry from ground up and down on wheel. Much play? bad ball joint. With both hands, try to move wheel side to side. Much play? could be a tie rod end or bad wheel bearing. Visually check play of steering arm into rack and pinion unit, more than about a half inch play, bad rack and pinion unit. Try to move back and forth with hands top and bottom. Much play? Bad ball joint or wheel bearing, verify visually that it is ball joint moving, else it is the wheel bearing. Manually check for play in each joint in steering control rods from steering knuckle all the way through each rod where there is a joint. Replace the one you find excessive play in. Check mounting studs for sway bar for loose fit, deteriorated rubber bushings or a crack / break in the sway bar. Replace if needed. That's about all I can think of unless it only happens when applying brakes, in which case it could be a warped rotor.

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Could be your tie rods coming out of the rack and pinion and attached to the wheels. Grasp the tie rod near where it attaches to the wheel and see if you can shake, twist or move it. If you feel any play or looseness at all in the tie rod joint, then it is worn badly. Both outer tie rods at each wheel should be replaced. If the outer tie rods are tight, you can't move them with your hands, then have a shop check your inner tie rods for wear. Have them check the ball joints for wear, also. Or you can raise the wheel off the ground. Be safety conscious. Grab the tire at top and bottom. Can the tire move in and out, feel play in the lower ball joints? Any side to side play in the wheel? Maybe you can spot the looseness at the tie rod or balljoint. Maybe you'd better let a shop look at it.
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2002 dodge dakota sxt 2wd got new tires new brakes, calipers, disc, and new upper and lower ball joints but still when i turn a certain degree and apply my brakes a popping noise in the front end occurs...


did you check the upper and lower control arm bushings for excessive wear or movement. also check the inner tie rods on the rack and pinion assembly.

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  1. Most tie rods consists of a Ball-Joint assembly. After removing the tire, you will need to pull the Tie-Rod Nut Retaining Pin before trying to take off the Tie-Rod Ball Joint Nut.
  2. After the Nut is removed, you can use a ball-joint separator to separate the ball-joint from the Hub assembly.
  3. After the Ball-joint is separated, mark the position of the old Tie-Rod where it connects to the Rack and Pinion assembly, and then remove the tie rod using a wrench.
  4. Installation is the reverse of disassembly.
  5. Once it is back together, you will need to get your vehicle aligned.

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This could be a few things, I would first start by having the front tires inspected and balanced. Unbalanced tires or a tire with a broken belt can cause both a sway and a vibration.
If the tires check out then the only components left are the Rack and the tie rods. If you already have a leak in the Rack you are not long from having to replace it.
You can test the rack and pinion yourself with the help of another person.
Have a friend sit in the driver seat to operate the wheel. (Do Not start the car)
Leave the car on the ground so that the wheels have friction against the ground. You can sit next to the passenger side, have you helper turn the wheel all the way to the left. You will now be able to see the tie rod end and Rack arm. Now have the helper turn the wheel slowly to the right. You will be looking for how much movement is in the arm and the tie rod end before the wheel tire starts to move. You might also see the tie rod end move up or down or hear a slight popping sound. Any of these is an indication that you need Tie Rod ends.
Repeat this process on the drivers side noting any movement of parts prior to the tire moving.
If all the parts are good as soon as your helper turns the wheel you should see the tire move immediately.
If you notice that you see a delayed movement from the time you turn the wheel and the time the Rack Starts moving then you will need to replace the Rack.
Thanks, and I hope this help. Dorrian

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