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Steering Bindind - rack and pinion???
11-26-2008, 05:56 PM
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Question Steering Bindind - rack and pinion???
My steering is binding when I turn left on my 1991 Chrysler New Yorker, and even gets stuck when coming back from a right turn. It has gotten so bad that I cannot drive the vehicle anymore. I think it may be the rack and pinion after crawling under the vehicle and listening for the binding sounds. The struts are also bad, but I don't know if that can cause the steering to bind. Also I can't find any "how to" sites to replace the rack and pinion. Any suggestions?

1991 Chrysler New Yorker 5th Ave
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11-27-2008, 01:56 AM (This post was last modified: 11-27-2008 03:27 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: Steering Bindind - rack and pinion???
The way to pin that down is to disconnect each tie rod end and see if there's any binding at each wheel when turned left or right. Binding on one side or the other should point you to either frozen ball joints or the pivot bearing on top of the shock.

Failing to find an issue there you also need to look at the steering column u-joints but the only way to get a good feel on those is to disconnect either the rack or the entire column. Seeing as it's only on a right turn I'd lean toward a rack problem.

To remove the rack disconnect the tie rod ends, disconnect the pressure and return hoses, remove the bolt on the lower column u-joint, then un-bolt the rack assembly. The entire unit should then slip out one side or the other.

If you check on a remanufactured replacement I think you may find they are cheap enough to by-pass the idea of using a junk yard unit. Ask your parts store to show you one from stock and you will see that it's not a big deal, although it will probably take you a long afternoon as a DIY type.
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11-27-2008, 03:12 PM
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RE: Steering Bindind - rack and pinion???
Rupe is correct , altho i would plan on doing it over a weekend . It depends on your skill level and tool collection . Here is some instructions with pictures . I like pictures.
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