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Old 03-08-2010, 08:13 AM   #1
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looks like i'm gonna have a fully new front end by the time i'm done.... we've already changed my shocks, pads, rotors, painted my calipers... & power steering pump

my car is making a 'clicking' and 'creaking' noise when i turn. i'm thinking rack & pinion??
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Re: rack & pinion

check the bushings, could be all thats wrong.
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will do... i always tend to jump to the worst scenario.. but then again i work on computers so its common to me... lol

also with the shocks.. my old ones were so bad that it actually lifted my car up about an inch in the front. i'm sick over it. and they didn't have any of the drop shocks. i have 1/2in lowering springs in rear, so now my car looks rediculously stupid and i'm not sure how much time i will have to do anything major before tupelo.. any quick ways to get the front to come back down?

[edit:] aside from jumping up and down on the hood to wear down the shocks?? lol i could've almost tried that yesterday when i saw it. i thought maybe the jack hadn't come down all the way =( but i was wrongg..
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Re: rack & pinion

I had a nice creaking sound a while back as well. I bought some urethane rack bushings and it took care of a good bit if of. I also had some creaking coming from the sway bar end links in the front because I'm so lowered. Not sure if you're lowered, but I replaced the end links with some from maximum motorsports and now all of the creaking is gone.

However, if you're not lowered, or only lowered a little bit, then I would try the rack bushings first. If you buy the urethane ones like I did, they are a ***** to get on the first time, but nothing a hammer and some wd40 didn't cure.
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my fiance did the front end work this weekend and he said the bushings were fine. i didn't know he had even looked at them.
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Re: rack & pinion

They may look fine, but they might be soft...mine looked fine as well.

However, there is also a known issue that was a TSB I believe where the rack bolt tubes were a tick too long and cause rubbing against the K-member causing a creaking noise as well. I shaved mine down about 1/8" which also alleviated some of the creaking.
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will check them out and i'll read up more about the TSB

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Re: rack & pinion

Yah I had that nasty creaking noise too shortly after I bought the car...the dealership ended up replacing the bushings and a strut...all under warranty so I was happy, eliminate the creaking as well. I believe it is a pretty common issue with the 99-04's. Usually some rack/pinion/bushings work solves it.
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Re: rack & pinion

Here is some more info about it. The pictures from the original thread are gone, but here is the write up about the fix.

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Some mustangs of various years have a creaking/squeak when you turn the steering wheel.

There is a TSB that identifies and fixes this problem: # TSB 05-14-3

This TSB supposedly covers 2002-2004 Mustangs, but there was a previous one that covered 2000-2001 models with a same procedure and applies to all the models through these years and might also be a fix on all 96-04's.

If your car is out of warranty, you can pick these sleeves up from FORD at a price of $4.25 each. (you need 2 of them). I did this job last night on my GF's 04 Cobra (still under warranty) mainly since we did not want to hassle with some of Ford's incompetent techs and the long amount of time they had quoted us it would take by leaving her car with them all day...risks etc.

It's ALOT easier and much quicker if you have a drive-on ramp.
$20-25 at most autozone/pep-boys/kragen etc...or make your own.

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E5DZ-3K620-A (Sleeves that you will be replacing the original ones with)
Prothane part # 6-703 (Polyurethane very stiff steering rack bushings) $14-15 bucks
18mm Deep socket
15mm Deep socket
Pliers
Flat head screw driver
Penetrating oil/WD-40/Liquid wrench/Silicone spray etc..


Drive stang onto ramp. Set parking brake. Also have a jackstand placed underneath somewhere strategic for additional safety.


1. Spray the long bolt and nut that is screwed onto it with some penetrating oil.


2. Unscrew the long bolt and remove it as shown. Rear (head of bolt) is a 15mm, front one is 18mm. Here is the nut, bolt and washer removed.


3. Remove the steering rack bushing as shown. (Flathead screw driver)


4. Use pliers to pry the damn thing out


5. Comparo..OLD sleeve versus NEW sleeve


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IMPORTANT:
If you're replacing the bushings with new URETHANE ones, you HAVE TO unbolt the steering wheel shaft where it bolts up to the rack and pinion.
It is a small 12mm or 13mm bolt that you have to remove first in order for the rack and pinion to move forward far enough to remove the bushings from the rear of the rack.
I suggest using some lock-tite (thread locker) on the screw's threads when you put that linkage back and bolt it up.
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6. Slide the new sleeve in


7. All the way in


8. Install Steering rack bushing..I put new stock ones in..or you could get aftermarket ones if you prefer..at about $15-20 for a set. Prothane part # 6-703


9. Slide bolt back into the sleeve from the rear as shown


10. Ready for the nut to complete the process..


11. Bolted up and done...


Onto the next one..

(I took both sleeves out at the same time and used the jack stand placed under the steering rack to give it some extra support and to angle the rack properly in the extrication of the sleeves)

Should take about an hour or less depending on lighting and what tools you have available. Power tools will turn this job into a 25-35 min job from start to finish.
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Re: rack & pinion

what about a squeeky power steering pump?
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They just replaced it I believe.
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yep new power steering pump
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