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Old 10-09-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Thumbs down weird pop, and weird steering...?

Ok, today I got stuck in a little bit of mud. I had to be pulled out backwards 5-10 feet. After getting towed out, I took off and started to leave. After 15 feet or so I heard this loud pop. I kept driving and briefly checked under the truck to see if everything was ok when I stopped a few minutes later. I didn't see anything except some mud jammed between the skid plate and the rack-and-pinion stuff.
Later on, while backing out of a parking space, I noticed my front tires were about straight on, and my steering wheel was 45 degrees off center or so. Once I started driving it went back to normal, but it will still do it if I stop and turn the wheel some. Is this normal?
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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No, thats not normal.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:10 PM   #3
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dang, now i'm scared.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:21 PM   #4
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get it checked out asap. last thing you want to happen while driving down the interstate is for your steering let go
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shoot

about a year ago I had the rack and pinion repaired, or something like that. I don't think it could've been anything I did in the mud. I turned the wheels in the mud back and forth some...

I checked the slop between the wheel and the shaft down at the firewall...there's a slight amount of movement. My steering wheel tilts if that helps any...been reading some stuff on steering problems, so I thought I'd add that in their.
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