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Rack and pinion replacement trouble

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by Kevin Rogerson, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Kevin Rogerson

    Kevin Rogerson FEOA Member

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    I just replaced the steering rack because the car would drift when cornering and then pull hard back into the corner. I took it in to be diagnosed and that is what I was told it was. Before doing so i had no play in the steering wheel at all when driving. It did have some hard steering at low speeds. I replaced the pump at the same time so the whole power steering system is new. After completion I know have about 6 inches of play in the wheel and the car still drifts. The tie rods were also replaced and an alignment was done.

    Can anyone enlighten me as to what could be wrong? I tried bleeding the system which from what I was told is done by turning from lock to lock several times while watching to make sure the reservoir doesn't run out of fluid. I question whether or not I bled it correctly as it took less than a quart of fluid.

    Can anyone help with this. I am beginning to think this car is not worth the time. It was given to me for free with just a broken belt I have now put in a new head power steering system and vct and it still isn't running correctly.
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    A lack of power steering fluid, or air in the system, shouldn't cause the excess play in the steering wheel you are describing, it would just make it hard to steer and/or noisy.

    If there is a FEOA member near you perhaps he could look at your car, otherwise I would take it to a different mechanic for a diagnosis.
  3. Kevin Rogerson

    Kevin Rogerson FEOA Member

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    I went back this evening to double check the work of the alignment guy who I specifically asked to align my steering wheel which he did do but he never torqued down the pinch bolt on the steering u joint. So it was just sitting in there I torqued it and presto no more play. I could tell he was in there because the steering wheel was straight and there was grease on the rubber piece that he must have put there to try to slide it back into position over the metal plate. Needless to say I am not happy and am going in in the morning to raise hell. Fucking Les schwab.
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    Good to hear you figured it out.
    Even professionals make mistakes occasionally.

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