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97 TBIRD FRONT END NOISE

1997 Ford Thunderbird

97 Ford Thunderbird, 132K miles, 4.6L V8

I have a rattle sound coming from the front suspension of my car. I took it to a local mechanic. He told me I needed to replace my rack and pinion. Is it common for the rack and pinion to wear like this? I do many repairs on my car and I was wondering how hard it is to replace the rack and pinion and the lower ball joints?
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Jasonharjo
July 31, 2007.



I apologize for the limited info. Thanks for the quick response. The rattle noise happens at all speeds and only when I hit bumps, large or small it doesn't matter.

Also while driving on the highway at high speeds the stearing wheels shimmy's back and forth ever so slightly but very noticable.

I know the lower ball joints are bad but they aren't causing the noise. I will replace them when I replace whatever is causing the noise.

I have never replaced my front struts or my rear shocks.

Tiny
Jasonharjo
Jul 31, 2007.