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weird pop, and weird steering...?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by drifter, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Oct 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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    drifter

    drifter [OP] moderately modded

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    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.
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    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?
     
  2. Oct 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    No, thats not normal.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    dang, now i'm scared.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM
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    CopDoctor

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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
     
  5. Oct 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    drifter

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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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