Do you have a stiff steering wheel?
It could mean there’s a problem with your rack and pinion. This component is connected to the steering knuckles, which turn the steering wheel left or right.
We installed a new one on a Honda Odyssey last month. Our technician determined that it needed to be replaced when he noticed it was leaking. This is a good reason why you should have the rack and pinion inspected.
Rack and pinion replacement
To replace this part, the technician needed to remove a bracket for the engine mount.
This rack and pinion was relatively simple to install. For vehicles that have switches and multiple sensors, the process can be more complicated.
A stiffer steering wheel is one sign of a bad rack and pinion. This problem can be caused by leaking steering fluid that’s getting bound up, or the system being low on fluid.
You can help protect the this component through regular power steering fluid exchanges.
Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.