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OEM steering rack bushing acceptable wear limits?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by J.A.T.O., Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Feb 29, 2020 at 8:44 PM
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    J.A.T.O.

    J.A.T.O. [OP] New Member

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    Does anyone know the “within limits” play range for steering rack bushings?

    I’m trying to track down a popping feeling in the steering wheel while driving; and a “clunk” when turning hard left at low speeds.

    My skid plates are removed and steering rack has no leaks or firm boots. Tie Rod ends are tight as well as wheel bearings. U joint in steering column seems tight also.

    However I can see left right movement in the rack and pinion that coincides with the “pop” felt in the steering wheel.

    It feels exactly like a worn out U joint in the steering column of an old Silverado.

    2013 5.7 4x4 CrewMax 102k on TRD pro fox suspension with 275/65/20 nittos.
     
  2. Mar 3, 2020 at 7:34 AM
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    MS22

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    Sounds like it might be your steering rack bushings.
     
  3. Jun 22, 2020 at 2:44 AM
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    NueveTundra

    NueveTundra Internet Certified Forum Mechanic

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    Exterior: Toytec ultimate 3" lift level , GoodYear helper air bags , DayStar air bag cradles, AcanII smoked headlights, AcanII smoke Tail lights (3rd gen style), DV8 front winch bumper , Badlands 12k winch , White AUTMATCH Shackles 3/4" D Ring Shackle, White AutoBots winch hook, Trail Ridge mirrors , 20x9 Creeps rims , 33x12.50r20 RoadOnes , Black Hart cross drilled n slotted rotors , Rigid flood flush mounts rear bumper , WeatherTec rain guards , OEM black side badges , Rigid Amber Radiance Pods. Energy Suspension Red Rack and Pinion Bushings, EAG front mesh Grille, RCI HighLift bed mounts. Rough Country DS2 Steps, A.R.E OverLand Canopy with Ascend basket, Stickers: ToyTec lifts windshield banner, Red Strange Music window sticker(back cab), White Strange Music sticker(back canopy), White Rigid sticker x2 (canopy sides), white Official BigFoot Research Team (Back Canopy) Interior: Alpine double din touch iLX-650 , JL C1 and C2 series speakers , JL JX400 4 channel amp , JL JX500 mono amp , 2 JL 12" subs , WeatherTec floor mats, Kenwood F/R Dash Cams, Under the Hood: Koyo all aluminum radiator, Mishimoto red silicon hoses , XS Power 3000 amp battery , LAlectric 300 amp Alternator , K&N replacement filter. Online LED store accessories Fuse/relay box. unknown Cat-Back exhaust.
    Earlier today i diagnosed my bushings were bad. After that i was talking to another server friend that works at a 4x4 shop and told me this secret.

    "Clean with brake clean all over...so the tape sticks real good to the heads of the bolts and whatnot...make sure the vehicle is on the ground and do the steering wheel wiggle...preferably not running so the wiggle really wiggles the rack up a bit. If the tape breaks its time for new bushings"
     

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