I made the rack replacement today. It wasnt as hard as I thought. But still took me 4 hours. I've had a few problems disassembly though. One long bolt near the adjustment screw was difficult to remove. Forcing the bolt caused the welded nut on the chassis to peel off. The bolt was turning freely without a conternut. No other choice so I painstakingly used a grinder to remove the bolt head and pushed the bolt and nut inside. Now the rack is installed with one vital bolt missing. Will this be a big problem? If the rack was made of steel, I could just have made a little weld spot to keep it in place. After installation I've found that there is also clearance on the shaft connected to the steering wheel itself. Again I need your support for this job. What part usually needs replacement?
I was suspecting that this steering problems were the ones causing vibration on the cars body. After the steering job, the vibration was reduced substantially, there is still a lot of shake remaining. I've done a lot of repairs and checking already. Shocks, suspension bushings, engine support, allignment of front and back, wheel balancing. This body shaking comes at 50 to 60mph and increases when I step on the gas harder. When the gas is released, no shaking. The last thing Im thinking is changing 2 rear tires. They were not perfectly round when seen on the tire balancing machine although the leads placed on them made the reading to be zero. Do you think this is the reason for the shaking? The tires were just a year old and still looks fine. I need some opinion before I change them. After this, I dont know where else to look for solutions to fix this shaking. I hope you can help me on this one too. Tnx in advance.
Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 6:17 PM