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Old 05-15-2007, 09:13   #1 (permalink)
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steering wheel play-is making it undriveable!

On my 96 GT, I have replaced the steering rack, outer tie rod ends, wheel hubs, and replaced the factory intermediate steering shaft with a Flaming River unit ... and the steering wheel play is still incredibly loose.

Probably 1/2 inch of steering wheel play (absolutely no tension at all) until of course it uses up the slack. It's loose going straight and it's loose at full lock in either direction.

There is some play in the steering column lower bearing (I can move the steering shaft up, down, all around ... a fair bit) where the shaft comes through the firewall into the engine compartment.
And, if I turn the steering shaft by hand down close to the rack, it does have some free play there.

Is it possible to adjust the back-lash in the rack ?
What's a guy to try next ?
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:19   #2 (permalink)
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Re: steering wheel play-is making it undriveable!

Did you upgrade the steering shaft flexible coupling when you did the other work?

Some sites to check out for suspension upgrades and data:

Chris Alston's Chassisworks, Inc.

HOLCOMB MOTORSPORTS INC.

Maximum Motorsports :: The Leader In Mustang Performance Suspensions

If the original coupling is still in there, it IS worn out.

Since you already have some Flaming River parts, you probably already have this one:

Flaming River Steering Components

In general, I'd recheck all the dimensions and specs on the parts you've installed. If you get the geometry off just a little, the angles of the suspension can cause some unpleasant results that are magnified by the time they reach the steering wheel.
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