I have to much play on my steering

Tiny
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  • 2001 MITSUBISHI COLT
  • 150,000 MILES

I have to much play on my steering. How do you fix it because we have just done the front suspension by replacing upper/lower ball joints and tie-rod ends.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 AT 11:37 PM

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Tiny
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The fix depends on what's wrong. If you can turn the steering wheel and it takes some movement before the wheels start to respond, have a helper do that while you look for what's moving and what isn't. Some of the suspects are universal joints in the steering shaft, a loose steering gear, and excessive clearance between the gears in the rack and pinion assembly. There's four tie rod ends. Did you replace all of them? The car also had to be aligned and the mechanic would have performed an inspection first. Did he find anything worn or loose?

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013 AT 11:43 PM

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