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Old 12-27-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Steering rack or pump?

I have alot of loose play in the steering, which you can hear a grinding type noise in the steering wheel. Looking the power steerings res you can see the fluid moving. The steering shaft is good along with the tie rod ends, I know for sure. If someone moves the wheel and your looking under the car the shaft is moving at the rack along with the stud head on the rack. To me it looks like the play is in the rack because the tie rod ends dont really move when turning the wheel.

So I need some opinions should I do the rack or power steering pump?
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #2
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The p/s pump's being worn/bad would not cause play in the steering, though low fluid or air in the system could. If the fluid level is OK and the system has been bled then the rack is the likely candidate...
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The p/s pump's being worn/bad would not cause play in the steering, though low fluid or air in the system could. If the fluid level is OK and the system has been bled then the rack is the likely candidate...
Yeah I didn't think it would, the fluid isn't low and if there was air in it then it should have came out by now. The rack was taken off a year ago to drop the engine and when I got it back it was tough to steer. Now, it's doing this so sitting up for a year with air in it you think it would have bled out by now.
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My guess id go with the rack possibley the linkage from the column to the rack is where id look since u have hard turning. Might be put wrong cause even in the air it does it that's my guess.
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