2006 Saturn Ion rack&pinion

Tiny
JOE1953
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  • 2006 SATURN ION
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 141,000 MILES
Will a rack&pinion cause a car to wander when driving down the highway and will it cause the car to get out of alignment? Firestone check the alignment they said it was out of alignment bad and when I rock the steerling wheel from left to right noise come from the front end and they said the rack&pinion is causing the front end to be out of alignment is that true?
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Friday, April 4th, 2014 AT 8:06 PM

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Tiny
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I don't know how accurate their inspection was but yes a worn rack can cause alignment issues and poor steering.
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Saturday, April 5th, 2014 AT 4:15 AM
Tiny
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What is your advice for me to take the car to to get and alignment?
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Saturday, April 5th, 2014 AT 4:27 PM
Tiny
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You can't align it with a bad rack. My advice would be to get a second opinion on the front end components.
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Saturday, April 5th, 2014 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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I took the 2006 Saturn Ion 2 in and got a second opinion they said the lower control arms is worn on the front is what causing the car to wander when driving down the road do that sound correct?
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 AT 9:41 AM
Tiny
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Sure, it's possible but I'm not there to inspect the car so I can't tell you whether it is or not.
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 AT 11:24 AM

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