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Old 02-01-2013, 01:57 AM   #1
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Steering Playing Need help

I changed my steering rack a few months back and got an alignment but i still seem to have play in my steering wheel. It is mostly noticeable when I am on the interstate and going in a straight line. Doesnt seem firm when It is TDC while driving. Is there a more proper way to bleed the system then just turning the wheels back and forth while filling? or should I look into possibly changing the steering coupler or another part?


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Old 02-01-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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How many miles on the car?

What you probably have is a worn steering flex coupler, basically a rubber piece that connects your end of the steering wheel to the rack itself. The rubber deteriorates over time, and gives you that "play" feel. Simply replace it! It's not an expensive part and it can be DIY'd- a couple of people have documented the process on this forum.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:07 AM   #3
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noted above^^ i have 126,000ish miles
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:29 AM   #4
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noted above^^ i have 126,000ish miles
woops, sorry. Given the mileage, I suspect its worn rubber on the steering coupler. I would get a second opinion but there's mine
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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If its playing tell it to stop and get back to work! There's nothing worse than a lazy steering rack!
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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You should smack the mechanic who sold you a new rack. Replace the steering wheel flex coupler and rejoice! $50!
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:17 AM   #7
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i got the rack from rack doctor...

And ok, Imma give that a shot and see how it goes. Ill give you guys an update once it is installed.

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*Update*

After taking a second look at the coupler. It doesnt seem to move at all... But i am almost certain i am hearing a click from the pinion/steering rack. Could it be a possibility the rack doctor sold me a faulty rack??
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:51 AM   #9
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Check both inner and outer tie rod ends. This is the most likely place for play.
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I changed the outter tie rod's when i did the steering rack, the rack came with new inner rods. (as rack doctor claims)
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