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Old 11-11-2006, 12:04 AM   #1
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My steering is really messed up on our 92 Bonn. SE. It'* not loose or sloppy like rod ends or balljoints. When I go down our gravel road, every little ridge in the road will make the car steer from side to side just a little. It feels scary. I have to counter steer all the time.Trying to describe this better, It feels like the car is steering itself, the steering wheel turns each time the car tries to shoot left or right. Kinda like understeer. The rack has had a leak for a while. I checked my ball joints and tie rod ends. Sway bar bushings look good,and the tires are fairly new, even wear, air pressure good.Does this sound like a bad rack?
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No, it sounds to me like you need an alignment.
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What about the ineer tie rods, probably good still since they seem to last longer than the outters, but its good to check them once in a while.
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Inner tie rods on FWD?
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Yes, the car has inner tie-rods.

How many miles on the car? Where the struts ever replaced?
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yes, an inner.
If you follow the tierod end back, at the other end of the sleeve, in a rubber boot, is the inner. AZ part# ES3245 for your car.

Basically to test it, grab the sleeve and push/pull it in and out. Its a ball in a socket so any play =worn. Usually you can fell the slight clunk as the ball hits the front & rear of the socket its in.

The replacement procedure isn't too bad if you can borrow the right tool. I replaced my wifes when I did the outters. was at 140k on originals and they weren't bad enought where I would have replaced them but I was chasing an odd vibration i get at 70+ mph
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The rack has had a leak for a while. I checked my ball joints and tie rod ends. Sway bar bushings look good,and the tires are fairly new, even wear, air pressure good.Does this sound like a bad rack?
Well, it sounds like the rack is part of this equation. Are you still adding power steering fluid to the system? I would go down to your local alignment shop and have them take a look/see. They won't (shouldn't) do an alingnment unless the front end isn't 100%. That means they should check Thee Rack, Inner/Outer Tie Rod Ends, Ball Joints, and Tires.
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The rack has had a leak for a while. I checked my ball joints and tie rod ends. Sway bar bushings look good,and the tires are fairly new, even wear, air pressure good.Does this sound like a bad rack?
Well, it sounds like the rack is part of this equation. Are you still adding power steering fluid to the system? I would go down to your local alignment shop and have them take a look/see. They won't (shouldn't) do an alingnment unless the front end isn't 100%. That means they should check Thee Rack, Inner/Outer Tie Rod Ends, Ball Joints, and Tires.
How about just replace the rack? You get rid of the leak and you get two new inner tie rods. I think the last one I did was right around $100 for the rebuilt rack.
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I priced a rebuilt rack at O'reillys and it'* $75. I really have't added steering fluid, but I know about 2 years ago when we had tires put on, the shop said the rack was leaking and probably on its way out.
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I would go down to your local alignment shop and have them take a look/see. They won't (shouldn't) do an alingnment
That'* what I do. I go to the alignment shop and tell them I want an alignment; then they come back and say they can't do it because I need this, this, and this. Then I go home and change the parts myself. Terrible arn't I?
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