On 20 Nov 2005 04:31:29 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The movement you see is an indication of inner socket wear.
The repair for this condition is replacement of the tie rod
which includes the inner socket or, replacement of the
steering rack with what is called in the trade a long rack
which includes new tie rods for both sides. In an older
vehicle or a vehicle with many miles on it, the most
cost-effective solution to the problem is to use the long
rack. The reason for this is that the steering rack
normally accumulates wear resulting in the fluid leakage.
replacement of the steering rack is easy enough if you have
a way to fully support the vehicle. if you choose replace
only the tie rod assembly you will need a special socket to
reach into the steering right and disconnect the inner
socket from the steering rack. The front of the vehicle
must be supported in a way that allows you to listen the
rear some frame bolts enough to allow it to drop down a
couple of inches thereby easing removal of the steering
right through the left side wheel opening. It will be
required to reset the front wheel alignment once the new
rack is installed. Another thing to be mindful love during
replacement of a stirring right is that the clock spring for
the airbag system is involved with the steering column and
some care should be exercised to avoid damage to the clock
spring unit.should you damage the clock spring unit you're
looking at a $300 repair to return the airbags to operation.
Judging from the typos, my Dragon NS wasn't listening very
well this morning. I remember the clock spring problem
because I paid for the first couple I screwed before I
gained that "experience". And yes, it is also easy to screw
the rack internally if you don't remove the tie rod
properly. An, I have seen more than one lock pin come out
of an inner socket after replacement allowing it to unscrew
and lose steering. For a DIY'er, I think the long rack is
definitely the way to go and it gets all new or reman parts
for about the same price as a couple of tie rods.
I have actually seen some new style inner tie rods that don't even have
pins, they suggest lock-tite on the threads and lots of prayer. What has
this world come to, we are using glorified glue to hold important stuff
like steering components together!?!? :P
As far as the tool that was mentioned earlier in this thread somewhere, you
can often rent them at the auto parts store or you can buy them off the
Snap-On/Matco/Mac truck for about $70 or so. I prefer the tool truck
version (which I bought) because it has several different size crowfoot
style adapters which lock into the tool vs the auto store rental which is
basically a two-size uber-deepwell socket.
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