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    dead spot in steering

    When i turn left and then go straight into a right turn at the top of the turn the wheel seems to skip like there is a dead spot in the steering. Any ideas to what it is?

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    cmon guys anyone got anything?

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    Check fluid? Tie Rods? Pump is dying?

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    What could be wrong with the tie rods? I just replaced the rack and pinion/pump/tie rods 2 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pony_Eater View Post
    What could be wrong with the tie rods? I just replaced the rack and pinion/pump/tie rods 2 weeks ago.
    Alignment issues where the caster/camber possible? Just throwing idea out there

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    Do you have long tube headers? if so check the clearance at the top joint of the coupler shaft... or what ever it's called. the one that ties the steering column to the rack.

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    No i dont have LT's. but when i am just sitting there not rolling i can move the steering wheel about 2-3 inchs to the left or right without the wheels moving. I dont like it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pony_Eater View Post
    No i dont have LT's. but when i am just sitting there not rolling i can move the steering wheel about 2-3 inchs to the left or right without the wheels moving. I dont like it lol
    Thats not a dead spot thats play.

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    ok i got play in my steering how do i fix it? lol

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    go back and tighten the bolt that holds the steering shaft to the rack. when i swapped mine out, i thought i had it tight enough. i had about 2" of play and thought it was the replacement rack i put in. went back and really cranked down on that bolt and the play went away.

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    which bolt exactly? do you mean the 10mm one that is reachable through the top of the engine bay or the one right on top of the rack underneath the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pony_Eater View Post
    which bolt exactly? do you mean the 10mm one that is reachable through the top of the engine bay or the one right on top of the rack underneath the car?
    go do both of them.

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    lol ok i was just wondering cuz im at school now and if its the one on top i can get to it here but if its not i gotta wait till i get home

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    ok i got the play out of my steeering(it was those two bolts that were loose) but i still have the skipping problem. when going from a left turn into right turn or vis versa it feels like it pops or skips a little bit any more ideas? if anyone in the SD area wants to look at it im down

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