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03-23-2006, 08:31 AM

I noticed lately that there is a little play in my steering wheel. It is not always evident but sometimes when i drive and then turn it feels like there is a little bit of play and the wheel slighly turns very easily and then u can feel it bump and turn normally. Anyone have any idea what the problem is and what needs to be replaced?

Lab Rat
03-23-2006, 12:57 PM
After the front bearings were swapped out the steering was MUCH tighter. I didn't even notice before but they told me when I went to get an alignment. Just a thought.

03-23-2006, 01:19 PM
i noticed that happened to both my GA's
But I always traded in b4 it got bad

03-23-2006, 01:46 PM
what year is it???

IIRC, 99-01 had play in the wheel...while later years were much tighter

03-23-2006, 02:16 PM
Would that affect the horn, b/c when I turn my wheel and hit the horn, it wont work. Found that out after some jerk o f f cut me off and I almost rammed him, turned the wheel and held the horn down and no sound came out. Fockin car.:bleep:

03-23-2006, 03:25 PM
It could be a bad rack.

03-23-2006, 11:19 PM
I had both the rack and front bearings go on my 99. I didn't know the rack was bad but the car would turn corners like a big boat at some point. This is how I could tell the difference. The bearing always made clunking sounds.

03-24-2006, 12:18 PM
I am noticing this too on my 2000 GT. I thought there was a service that could be performed to tighten the steering? Yes? No? Wasn't there a control arm bushing issue or something like that for this year?

What about servicing the rack and pinion? Can you change out the grease or oil fairly easy? I am pretty sure it's hydraulic.

03-27-2006, 05:35 AM
tie rod(s) might have to be replaced.

03-27-2006, 09:55 AM
Do you know the life expectancy of the tie rods?

I also noticed that there are no lubrication points on our front ends. Do they just manufacture the boot seals with grease and replace them when they fail? Seems like a disposable part, not one that you lubricate to keep going.

Has anyone drilled and tapped some grease fittings on there?