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Old 10-31-2008, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Loud road noise from front end at 65+...rack and pinion??

I drove to Salem, MA today and noticed a little bit too much road noise from the front end. I stopped at a rest stop and jacked each front wheel up and the same is for both. When a nudge the wheel up and down, nothing, but when i move it left to right the steering wheel moves slightly and i can hear and feel the play. I think its my rack and pinion but im no mechanic, and i need it for work everyday, so can anyone help me figure this out?
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Strange that it only does it at 65+, I would say you have a worn joint, but which one is hard to say without getting the car up in the air, what I would do is go to a tyre place and get them to have a look.
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i just looked at it in daylight and the joints that attach to the rack and pinion are all worn out (bushings deteriorated). so thats all i need to replace, right?
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Yep! Thats the way I would go, glad you found the prob.
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I don't think that's what it is actually...just me though
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is there a change in your ride at all at the 65+? maybe have the tires balanced do the cheap stuff first. could be a simpler fix than a rack and tie rods
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it really depends because when i hit 60+ it does the same but it's because i got new rims and haven't balanced them yet
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