So in my efforts of trying to rid a nasty steering clunk, i've replaced both ball joints as well as both tie rod ends. So I am starting to think it's something wrong with the steering rack itself. I read on zxtuner's cardomain that they had swapped the s/r out to a manual rack, which is great, less weight, less parasitic drag on the engine. My question, where the heck would I get one? or out of what car did it come?
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The escort "pony" editions (92-94) I believe. But the lock to lock ratio is in the ball park of like 5 turns versus the zx2 of 3.2. You can depower the stock rack and have it work just as well. But you must properly dissasemble it for it to work properly not just pull the lines and call it a day. I actually have a depowered rack I was going to use but the cost to get my car running was not feesable lmk if you want it
you sure the clunk is in the rack it self and not like the inner tie rods, control arm bushings or even steering rack bushings?
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The passenger side rack bushings in these cars fall out all the time. They squeeze out from the back and then allow the rack to move around and make the noise you hear. Pick up a set of ES rack bushings to fix the issue.
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Another possibility is the collapsible joint in the steering column. Mine got loose. i simply drilled it and put a bolt in it!
well it's only when i turn hard right.. i get a clunk and the whole car jerks harder in to the turn. once i straighten out again everything is fine.... So i suppose there are quite a few other things i should try changing before the rack itself, the rack bushings are sounding more plausible, seems like they would be a bitch to change though
Rack bushings are not horrible to change. At least not as hard as front sway bar mounts!
And the rack mounts sure seems like a likely problem
and a lot cheaper than a new rack. also if you think the mount bushings are hard how were you planning to do a rack?
There are these magnificent things, some call them garages, some call them repair shops or what have you. Regardless, you can walk in with currency in most any form, and in exchange for which, they will repair, or even modify your car... Anyway, my collection of tools is quite small, and I am a bit of a dreamer. Changing the rack is probably not realistic, but if somehow I was able to get ahold of one, I would sure love to throw it in. My mechanical apptitude is fair, however like previously stated, my selection of tools is very narrow, and finances are in even shorter order. I enjoy thinking of what the car could be, and knowing how to get it done, not the miserable pile of crap that it really is.... Dreaming.
I see. But careful many of your fabled shops won't install parts supplied by the customer. Many have policies like that. With your currency you might be able to get one to Diagnoise your issue for you then you can change only the broken parts. That might actually be cheaper than changing parts that might be broken.
Certainly seems more logical than guesswork. I just have a hard time shelling out money for someone to tell me something that I really should have been able to figure out myself. Seems like no return for the money. But at the same time "should" and "can" are two entirely different things. Gotta suck it up I guess. But anyway I'm going to crawl under it in the morning with a mallet and pry bar and test some of the theories offered above.
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ya but shelling out the $$ for a proper diagnostic can be cheaper than replacing a lot of parts that weren't broken.
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Thats funny, I feel the same way about myself. But anyway, I don't think I will be worrying about my steering problem any time soon, for I blew out my differential yesterday. Know anybody with a transmission or just a diff for sale???
manual? there's a mint trans in the fs section for 200+shipping (about $100 via ups).
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$300? I could do a locator with a zip near him. I just had a shipping quote for block and such for $120. Greyhound tops out at 100lbs.
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