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My steering shaft has quite a bit of play in it. Its been making the noises it makes for the past year so im guessing its been like this since last year. Any ideas why its doing it and how to fix it? i checked all the bolts already and its still got a lot of play, upward and down ward...the part that moves is the lower part of it from the boot down to where it goes to the rack
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this is what its doing...used phone crappy quality but u get the idea
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i checked out a shaft i had lying around here and as long as the bolt at the bottom is tight then it shouldnt move, i suspect the issue is that the bolt isnt clamping the rack input, but if you can see the input of the rack moving with the shaft, then there must be some clip or retainer MIA within the rack assembly. if the movement is coming from under the boot there is a few locations where the shaft looks to be press fit and something may of let go but i doubt it. if its a shaft issue, getting another from a yard will cost no more then $50. but i think it looks to be to much play and must be the rack..
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prob had a roll pin in it or a bolt
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its the lower part of the shaft not the upper and the rack doesnt move...i just got a new one in there last summer so it must be shaft....i might pik one up tomorrow...seeing as its been like this for like a year although probably not as bad, im guessing its alright to drive on it lol
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you need to back that bolt out and re-install it, i think the steering shaft is not seated on the rack or not tightened down the more i think about it
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the bottom bolt is tight as **** lol ill try that too then
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all fixed. you were right justin it wasn't seated on the rack. but now i need an outer tie rod cuz i hit a bump and the steering wheel goes all over the place and can't really control it lol
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