steering rack loose on Plymouth Reliant '88 model ( 60,000 miles on original engine)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by slpetlak, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. slpetlak

    slpetlak Guest

    Hi all. I purchased the car in February from the original owner.
    Clunky and shaky steering, some annoying play in the steering wheel &
    almost unreliable steering too at higher speeds when critical left hand
    (at intersection) turning needed. When i first looked at power
    steering pump resevoir it was mighty low, and I am nearly 100% sure
    that it is power steering fluid leaking from underneath my car near the
    pump area. My mechanic tells me that the steering rack is loose and
    that my car is dangerous to drive. He says that the steering rack that
    bolts into the frame of the car somehow got detached and already was
    reapaired previously poorly by someone else. I just bought the car a
    few months ago and he is talking about welding the rack to the frame
    where the bolts should have been installed and set in correctly before.
    Does any of this make sense to you all???

    My mechanic told me that this is a common problem he has seen on other
    K-cars. Any input would be appreciated. My worry is that once the
    work is done on this, that I'll need additional front end work
    done.....I do need to get an alignment done after this kind of service
    is done on my car don't I?

    Thanks a million

    slpetlak, Apr 24, 2006
  2. slpetlak

    slpetlak Guest

    Hi all: Thought I pass along a comment I received after I posted my
    question in, last night from: robs440 -
    Date: Mon, Apr 24 2006 8:51 pm
    Email: "robs440" <>

    "the bolts came loose in the rack on my 86 lebaron wagon. the holes
    in the
    frame were elongated somewhat by the bolts. I suggest not welding it
    running longer bolts thru the frame and putting a nut and lockwasher
    on the
    back side. "

    <> wrote in message
    slpetlak, Apr 25, 2006
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