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Old 11-16-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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I have a 97 legacy, and i'm starting to get a rattle behind the steering wheel when going over bumps, also feels like there is slight play in the steering wheel when slightly turning side to side... Anyone experienced this?? seems like its something inside the steering column.... any thoughts?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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Are you sure it's at the column? Did you check your ball joints or tie rod ends? They can present the same kind of symptoms as you described.
I would look at those components first.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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my 05 has a rattle inside the steering column too, drives me crazy. Otherwise the steering is fine.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:23 AM   #4
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I had an Escort that did develop slop in the column. The collapsible upper column shaft loosened up in the lower shaft which gave me approx. 10mm of play. I had to replace that column.
In the OP's case though he should look at the most obvious culprits first. Ball joints and tie rods are the most likely problems.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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For sure I will look into those items, but I recently replaced the front lower ball joints and the outer tie rods, ill double check to make sure nothing is coming loose! Thanks for the input!
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #6
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I had an Escort that did develop slop in the column. The collapsible upper column shaft loosened up in the lower shaft which gave me approx. 10mm of play. I had to replace that column.
In the OP's case though he should look at the most obvious culprits first. Ball joints and tie rods are the most likely problems.

I also used to have a 94 escort gt, that thing had soo many steering issues lol, but I solved them by installing a manual steering rack from an early mazda 323.... Problem solved!
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:11 PM   #7
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my 05 has a rattle inside the steering column too, drives me crazy. Otherwise the steering is fine.
Same here, every time I hit a bump that rattle drives me nuts, and concerns me... although the steering is fine.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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Problem solved:

The joint between the steering column and steering rack spines was loose eeek! After torquing it back to specs the noise is taken care of and steering feels tight and secure again.
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