Normally, I'd tell you to make sure the nuts and bolts securing the rack and pinion are properly tightened. Then, use a medium-sized pair of slipjoint pliers to squeeze the tie rod ends. If they move more than 1/8 of an inch, replace them. Them, turn the wheel all the way to one side and squeeze the boot on the steering rack until you can feel the inner tie rod socket. Then have someone try and turn the wheel (not the steering wheel) by pushing and pulling on the front and back of the wheel while you squeeze. You should feel no relative motion between the socket and the tie rod arm. Next, raise the front of the vehicle and use a prybay to try and move the wheel up and down while observing the ball joint. Repeat on both sides. Make sure the struts are properly torqued, top and bottom. Then, make sure the CV boots are in one piece and not ripped. With the front wheels off the ground, rock the tires at the top and bottom to check for play in the hub bearings.
But that "Hot months only" part is weird.
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 AT 7:42 PM