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Old 07-30-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default So a dead spot in the center of my steering has developed...

My steering has recently developed about a 5-10 degree dead spot in the middle of my steering(feel like im driving a car made in the 80's). My intial thoughts are bad tie rod ends? Car is an 02 wrx with 70k on the clock, 30k of the miles on coilovers. Are tie rod ends supposed to go bad this quickly? Maybe a loose steering rack bracket? Bad steering rack?

My top hats are torn some as well, they are getting replaced this weekend...but i didnt/dont think that was the cause. Ive been wrong before though.

Any help appretiated guys.

Oh, and should i hold off on installing the new tophats and getting my alignment until i fix the deadspot steering issue? Or can i go ahead and do the tophats and alignment and fix the dead spot later?
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:07 AM   #2
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Steering rack bushings?

We had a high milage car come in with the same complaint. When we looked the stock rack bushings were no longer there.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
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If its a bad rod end or ball joint you can pretty easily grab and wiggle it to find out. If its not those you've pretty much limited it down to the rack bushings or the steering column/shaft.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:41 PM   #4
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I had a similar problem develop last year. Turned out that the pinch bolt holding the steering column to the rack had gotten a bit loose. Tightened that up and it fixed the problem.

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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Sounds like steering rack bushings wore out.

Maybe the bushing in the steering linkage is worn out.

Or possibly you inner tie rods are worn out.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:18 PM   #6
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Passenger side steering rack bushing managed to get cut in half and was making its way out either side of the bracket. So far this seems to be the culprit.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:22 PM   #7
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Replaced the bushings and shes drives normal again. Thanks guys
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