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Old 04-29-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default How to check steering u joint vs rack ??

ok I've got the tie rod ends disonnected, and its STILL hard to turn the wheel...

so I've got it narrowed down to:

Steering rack

OR

steering knuckle going to the rack...

how can I narrow it down ????
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:54 AM   #2
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if you are refering to the universal joint from the stearign column to the rack, take it out and see if it moves freely, it should flop around like a dead fish and be easy to move.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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awesome thanks Ill do that
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:24 PM   #4
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make sure you mark the position of the joint where it slips into the column and the rack so you can put it back in the same spot if it is ok.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:27 PM   #5
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ok I've got both 12mm bolts out of the knuckles in the colum... what else do I have to take off the slide the colum out ???
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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I've got both bolts out, and the steering wheel of... but how the hell do I take out the knuckle ??? it slides back and forth freely but there isn't enough room to slide it off...

what now ??
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:49 PM   #7
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you may have to drop the rack a bit to get enough clearance - try slackening off the driver side mount...?

make sure the bolts are OUT not just nuts off (there is a keyway on the rack shaft)

there is no need to remove the steering wheel btw
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ok I got it ! and the knuckle is SHOT ! this means I don't have to take my entire rack out

I'm gona pick up a new one today... then go shop for a new steering wheel

the subaru tech sheet told me to take the steering wheel off... Why the hell did I need to do that ??????????? ****ing LAME

well... I guess its an exuse for me to pick up a new steering wheel thats a little more comfy ;P
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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ok I need a Part name for the steering U joints shaft... I called autozone and he had no idea what to search under...

what is it called ???
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