Hi, Today I replaced the leaking rack and pinion and tie rod ends on my 2002 V6 Mustang
. Before I took the old Rack off I parked the car with the wheel centered, made makers and measurements on the spindle arm and frame, and counted how many turns it took to remove the outer tie rod ends from the rack. After installing the new remanufactured rack and installing the tie rod ends I had to turn the driver’s side tie rod end as far in as it would go and it was still toed out some.
I took it into a shop to have an alignment done and the technician told me in order to center the wheels with the rack the steering wheel is ending up about a quarter turn to the right. He told me that I must have installed the steering shaft off just slightly, but when I got home it looks like the steering shaft can only go on one way based on the old one I removed.
Any ideas as to why my steering wheel is ending up about a quarter turn to the right when I’m going straight. I looked at the rack and I see the technician has the tie rod ends centered with the rack where I had the right one turned all the way in. Everything drives well but the wheel is way off. I also still have a lot of play (about ¾” or more) somewhere near the steering wheel or upper part of the column which I was hoping would of been eliminated with the new rack.
Are there any adjustments I can make on the steering column to bring the wheel back to center?