Rattling/tapping felt in steering wheel
I just replaced the passenger side upper control arm because I thought the bushings were out because the rear side of the arm was moving around. I was going to do all ball joints, but I chickened out when I got to taking the knuckle apart...this is my daily. I put it all back together and checked the wheels again for play. there's no play when pulling top/bottom of wheel. there's no play when pulling on on left/right of wheel.
When I go down a side street that is a bit rough, I feel a tapping like something is worn/loose in my steering wheel.
Dad was thinking a shock was loose or could be steering rack going bad. When sitting on the ground, and moving the steering wheel...I don't feel any clunking, so I don't know about the steering rack.
I still have the lowers and driver's side ball joints ready to put in, but if the wheels aren't moving when I yank on them...I'd say the ones that are in there are good yet.
Edit: Truck has 163k miles on it.
Mine: '98 Ranger XLT 3.0L SuperCab w/ manual 4x4 "Off Road" 193k miles
Wife: '07 Mitsubishi Outlander LS AWD 3.0L 128k miles
My 3.0 puts out 150HP...hers puts 220HP...something is wrong here!
Future Restoration: '77 Chevy 2WD K5 Blazer