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This is a discussion on Steering Issues within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; In the last couple of months my steering wheel went from feeling tight to now very loose. My rack and ...

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    In the last couple of months my steering wheel went from feeling tight to now very loose.

    My rack and pinion is fairly new. Roommate says steering knuckle. Read through all the past threads and no one replied back about if things got fixed, etc.

    What could be possibly causing this?

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    any vibrations from the steering wheel as you drive?

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    Nope. None at all.

    Still very responsive, just "slack" in it.

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    ???? Help ????

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    Have you checked all of the tie rods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Have you checked all of the tie rods?
    Yes, they look fine, plus I jerked and pulled on all kinds of stuff and nothing seems loose or makes noise.

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    How old is the pump?

    You'll need someone to look or turn the wheel.

    With the vehicle off, try to slightly turn the wheel, but not enough to turn the wheel. Look to see how much free play you have on the steering shaft.
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    Pump is as old as the car.

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    It may be starting to go...

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    Slack usually indicates worn parts -- it is a rack and pinion so even if the pump is whipped the steering input will result in movement of the wheels, just the effort to move it will be increased. There is a clamp bolt where the steering shaft connects to the rack -- I would check this ASAP to ensure that it has not come loose and the "D" shaft is wearing away.

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    D shaft? I'll check that clamp bolt, but that other thing, no clue.

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    <wondering if they tighten that.
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    Steering effort decrease? Free play in the wheel or the wheel itself flopping around like Michael J Fox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTP231 View Post
    Steering effort decrease? Free play in the wheel or the wheel itself flopping around like Michael J Fox?
    Yes yes and no


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    Worn rack bushings, maybe?

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    UPDATE!!

    I fixed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

    That 11mm bolt from the steering column into the rack was about to fall out. I tightened the crap out of it and my awesome steering is back. Yay!!!

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    Holy wow Jodi. Have you been driving the car since you started this thread?

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    That's a scary thought. Bolt falls out while on highway=REALLY NFG

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