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rack and pinion problems...

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by DaytonLax14, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Sep 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    DaytonLax14

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    Hopefully this is the right section but anyways...


    I went to Firestone to get a front wheel alignment but come to find out, my "rack" (what the guy kept referring to it as) is loose. When the guy at firestone who was working on my truck gave my tire a shake, the rack would wiggle back and forth. They wanted around $800 to fix it, and I don't have $800. How severe of a problem is this? Would I be able to fix it myself once I got the part/s?
     
  2. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    wait so the rack moved when the tire moved.... am i retarded or does that make perfect sense....
     
  3. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    the part that connects to the tie rod and goes into the housing moved. You can only see it move if you slide the rubber boot down so you can see it
     
  4. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    The rack is bolted in place. If the whole assembly is moving, tighten the bolts.

    If the assembly needs to be replaced, you can pick up a new one for $310 after the core return from rockauto.com.

    Get under your truck and turn some wrenches. :)
     
  5. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    Try upgrading to urethane bushings in your steering rack since that would be the cheapest course of action...
     
  6. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    wat?
    if shit is broken, this guy would know!!! :D
     
  7. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    malander That's some tight butthole

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    i guess that confirms it... im retarded lol
     
  8. Sep 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    The whole assembly isn't moving, but the part that comes out of the assembly and then connects to the tie rod is moving.
     
  9. Sep 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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  10. Sep 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    I think there was a write up on this a while ago. There is a tensioner bushing in there that wears out and then you will have super sloppy steering. For the life of me I cannot find it. See that ginormous bolt to the left of the mounting bolt in your video? In there is a bushing that wears out over time
     
  11. Sep 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    do you know where i can get a new bushing?
     
  12. Sep 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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    Yes...

    Did you check rockauto's site? The bushing set is listed right there along with the rack assembly. $20 for the full set.

    We'll help you out but you gotta do your part to help yourself as well.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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    Should I replace all 3 bushings or just the driver's side
     
  14. Sep 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    If you're already tearing into the assembly, replace everything. If 1 part wore, everything else is sure to follow shortly thereafter.
     
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    I did some research on google and everyone seems to reccomend the energy suspension bushing kit. do you know if i can get that at an auto parts store like auto zone or do i have to order it online
     
  16. Sep 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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    Depends on how much you like spending money. A store that has to special order the parts will be more than happy to charge you more.
     
  17. Oct 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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    okay thanks looks like I just need a new guide
     
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