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Can I adjust Rack and Pinion for Steering Play?

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  1. mustang462002

    mustang462002 Slow GT Established Member

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    I just changed my rack and pinion for a rebuilt unit. Before I changed it the steering wheel had little play. I just aligned my car and with the new rack it has a lot of play. Around 1 inch or so. I had been reading that you can adjust the rack and pinion. Has anyone done this? How is it done.

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  2. mustang462002

    mustang462002 Slow GT Established Member

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    No one has changed their rack and experience this?
     
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    vteckiller2000 Add Lightness Established Member

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    No way. Your tie rods were damaged when you installed the rack.
     
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    3B99SVT Top down makes me smile Established Member

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    I looked through my Haynes and it didn't mention anything about tightening up a rack & pinion. That's not to say it can't be done since Haynes does tend to leave out some critical info. I've never heard of adjusting it though -- wouldn't you have to either adjust the depth of engagement that the pinion has on the rack or fatten the teeth of the pinion? Is your rag joint in good condition? Tie rod ends good and tight?
     
  5. mustang462002

    mustang462002 Slow GT Established Member

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    I also have the Haynes manual and it says nothing on the subject.

    I've just bought the whole unit it includes the inner tie rods. So its a new rebuilt unit. I've inspected the outer and they seem fine.


    I've searched all throughout the forum and I've found that someone tightened their rack and pinion on an older model mustang. They said you removed the big hex nut and tightened the threaded portion. I just wanted to see if this was even possible in case I tried it and broke it.

    It's a rebuilt unit and it was a major pain in the ass to get it in. I'm hoping it can be adjusted.

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  6. CobraRed01

    CobraRed01 CornerCarvinCravin Established Member

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    Check the rag joint on your steering column. It can loosen and cause noticeable play.
     
  7. mustang462002

    mustang462002 Slow GT Established Member

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    I have and it seems that I get around 1/3 inch movement compared to the other 1.3 inch movement from the rack and pinion. Even before I changed it, it was much tighter. If this is so rare I'm going to have to change it out.
     
  8. Vegas 01 Cobra

    Vegas 01 Cobra New Member Established Member

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    Get polyurethane or aluminum rack bushings. Just a thought.
     
  9. CobraRed01

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    Here's recent thread talking about steering play that you should check out:

    http://www.svtperformance.com/forum...play-steering-steering-shaft-suggestions.html

    The sliding steering collar TAZ is referring to (Intermediate Shaft Collar in post #11, with a picture in post #18) can also loosen up. I've adjusted mine twice since 2002 after noticing a vague feeling in steer wheel (felt like my old C'70 yclone GT steering) and it tightening the collar made a noticeable difference.
     
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  10. mustang462002

    mustang462002 Slow GT Established Member

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    Very interesting. I'll give that a try. Thanks a lot!
     

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