Question about 1998 Plymouth Breeze
First, the mechanic has no idea what that switch is most likely. I have several Rack and Pinions for dodge and Plymouth vehicles and none have any electrical on them however I have seen some that do and having looked at these I'm pretty sure it is a sensor and has no control of the Rack and Pinion it self. It should just be sensing the pressure in the Assembly and reporting that back to the vehicle ECM. The good news is if this was an option on some models of that vehicle then you most likely do have a connection point for it on the wiring harness already. Typically they have wiring harnesses made to fit all vehicle of that model line. If a model doesn't have a particular component installed the connector is still there it just isn't connected to anything. As an example, if your vehicle doesn't have power windows, you'll still find the plug ends for the motors someplace either in the door or under the dash. The ECM is most likely capable of dealing with the input as well so as far as that is concerned it shouldn't cause you any issues if you decide to install it. For that matter I would just plug the hole if it is a screw in sensor. Make sure you don't let the bolt you use compress anything inside the assembly though if you choose this route. If the Rack and Pinions are truly interchangeable I don't see why this would be an issue or why it would cause you any problem. If there is no real damage to the assembly though it might be better to do the harder solution and put the correct unit in now while your in work mode on the vehicle. I don't know if Autozone will do an exchange for the part or not since you already installed it though. They should have brought up the issue with the Electrical connector when they ordered the part for you in my opinion. Normally when two options are offered the person helping you should have asked if you had that sensor or not and I would use that as the argument to get them to take that part back. They will counter with why did you continue the install when you noticed the difference question so be ready for a fight on this. What it boils down to is this. Do you want to do a little extra now and possibly save money by not having to buy the sensor and not having to buy the new assembly outright or possibly have to pay full price for another assembly in a few months and know buying that sensor was a waste of time. The dealer mechanics will be of very little help in this area because most are trying to get you to bring the vehicle in and want to get your money so I wouldn't trust anything they said about it.
Posted on Sep 14, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This problem can be caused by:
bad c/v joints
bad strut plates
loose steering bracket
wheel bearings or knuckle
Posted on May 20, 2009
just a thought. when you changed the struts, did you replace the strut plate and bearings???? also how is the lower ball joints and the drive axles? any binding in the cv shaft ?. also is there any slippage in the belt cause by a faulty tensioner? just some things to look at. some have a cooler inline with the power steering, make sure it is not plugged, kinked or damaged in any way tht it will restrict flow
Posted on Aug 06, 2009
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