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2001ford explorersport turning wheel starts to shake insteering wheel and you can see tire moving in out why truck is sitting still. Does that sound like rack is going bad?

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It sounds like a ball joint

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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.
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Hi JeffM123,

I had a similar problem with my Blazer.
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Those are 42" Super Swamper TSL's. Six of them. All professionally mounted and balanced.

There are four shocks on the steering stabilizer.
Three shocks on each front wheel and two on each back wheel.
14 all together. And at times it could still shake your teeth out.

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Every once in a while (more often than I like) the treads of all the wheels are in the nearly the same position (for lack of a better term, rotationally synchronized). No big deal in itself.

At a certain range of speeds (there was an upper limit that it stopped) which would vary by type of road, they would start to generate a harmonic resonance.

It would start as a hum, then vibrate, then start some serious shaking. It was setting off car alarms at the mall.

Sometimes, while cruising at hum speed, I'd hit a pothole or rock in the road. That would skip the vibrate phase and trigger the shakes without warning.
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  • If I nailed it and got past the upper range (bounce barrier) before parts started flying off, it would stop.
  • If I increased the tire pressure, the shaking wouldn't start until a much higher speed was reached.
  • If I decreased the tire pressure, the shaking pretty much ceased completely. It also made my already unimpressive mileage plummet even worse.
  • The easiest solution turned out to be turning or changing lanes. During any turn, the front wheels travel a different distance than the rear wheels and from each other. This brought them out of sync (for a while) and stopped the resonance.
How this may relate:

You mentioned a 20" wheel/tire package.

What kind of tires? Are they strictly highway or are they of a more aggressive nature?

They don't need to have fist sized lugs to resonate.

Let me know if my description sounds/feels like what you're experiencing. If so, forward make/model of your tires. I can check for similar occurrences, histories and most importantly, other solutions.

Hope this will help

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