Ok, I thought that the Intermediate steering shaft was bad on the '03. then I found this page with a video INTERMEDIATE SHAFT ..look here before ask
The reason that I am now questioning my first diagnosis is that in that video, you can clearly hear the clunking the whole time while turning the wheel, but in our car, it makes no noise at all except when turning the wheel back and fourth about 1 / 16 of a turn
No noise at all while turning, stopped, slow, or whatever....
Here is a vid I took of our car turning the wheel, my camera is crap and doesn't do sound, but you can get the idea of how far you can turn it. It DOES make a clunking sound when doing this, but while turning the wheel, there is no noise.
I also had Steph inside the car turning the wheel like in the vid. I was under the hood looking at where the intermediate steering shaft enters the rack. I found that there IS some play between the u-joint and the wheel, but there is a lot of play that seems to be comming from inside the rack
I can see the shaft turning and also had my hands on it, but I could not see the tie rod ends moving or the wheels turning......
( FYI engine is OFF and transmission is in 1st gear to get better access to the rack
OK, here is a pic of the top of the rack. The shaft turns, but the tires and tie rods dont move.
I checked to make sure that the bolt is tight also, but it was.
So, what do you think? Is the intermediate shaft bad? also what do you think about the shaft moving but not the tires..... bad rack ( HOPEFULLY not
) or bad inner tie rods?
ANY help would be greatly appreciated, We are looking to order the parts to fix it in the next few days.