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Old 04-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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Steering issue.

I have a 2004 SVT Zx5. Just about 60 miles on it since I bought it. I know I need ball joints. I am also noticing something that feels weird in the steering. When I am going straight and the steering wheel is centered and I have to turn the wheel to start a turn, there is what feels like a hitch. Its like its dragging a little. Its been a long time since I have driven anything this small with huge tires like these have. My question to you all is what does this seem like to you? I was thinking maybe a gear in the rack is not perfect or maybe tie rod ends. Any help is appreciated.


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Old 04-05-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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In my car I have the EXACT same issue. It feels like a sticky spot just off center in either direction in the rack. What I have narrowed it down to is the seals in the rack are sticking after the car sits awhile. It pretty much goes away once all is up to temp etc. Try using something that replenishes seals to get a little more life out of it (drain and flush system with cheapo power steering fluid then drain again and fill with good stuff before using seal conditioner). I still need to do the flush on mine as well. This damn winter won't go away. If I can't get rid of the sticky feel I'm likely going to be finding me a used or re-manufactured steering rack.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:30 PM   #4
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I will give that a shot. I kind of figured it was something in the rack. I dont notice it going away when it warms up but i have not driven this car that much.
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I have had the same exact issue in my svt I did a flush for the power steering luckily I was able to use a flush machine. Also that didn't entirely fix my problem I looked under the dash in my car and right were the steering wheel shaft and the rack bolt up through there is a universal style joint above that there is a bolt that holds the steering wheel shaft to that rack shaft with the universal joint this bolt was about a quarter turn loose so because of this every time I just came off center the two steering shafts under the dash would move ever so slightly I tightened that bolt tested it again and that problem was fixed
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