Check the steering rack mounts. Check the inner tie sockets on the steering rack. Tighten or replace the bushings as needed.
Lift the front end. Turn the wheel completely one direction. On the side with the rack extended, grasp the bellows boot where it meets the rack housing firmly, enough to collapse the boot and feel the socket inside. Have someone move the steering wheel back and forth enough to get the wheels to move in and out a little. You should feel the rack move as you feel the wheels move. Do this on both sides. Any in and out play between the rack and inner socket rod means the rod socket should be replaced.
Check the connection between the steering column and the rack input, including the coupler, for play.
Thursday, January 26th, 2012 AT 11:58 PM