I bought a '96 Taurus SHO a few months ago and have noticed a
bit of play in the steering. The play is there anywhere throughout
the rotation. I had the tie rods and other front end parts checked
and everything is good.
The play looks to be in the rack unit. Can these things be adjusted
like the old reciprocating ball units or does the rack have to be
Is the rack SHO specific, or will another unit from a '96 work?
did you check the column? Specifically the rag joint? That might be enough
to make you happy without replacing the rack. Inner tie rods love to wear
out on those too, hopefully they checked them. But from your description it
sounds like somewhere from the steering wheel to, and including, the rack.
While you go about researching your options, keep in mind that SHO's have
Variable Assist Power Steering.
Here are a few links for you concerning SHO's and some steering and
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