Help with steering slop

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    07GtS197 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I need your help with something. I recently bought an 02 gt and noticed theres a little slop in the steering wheel like its loose. Ive checked all the front suspension loaded and unloaded and nothing seems loose. The only things Ive found were the outer tie rod boots are cracked and the end link bushings look compressed. What do you guys think?
     
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    Check the firewall. There is a bearing that the steering shaft rides on when it goes through the firewall. They tend to wear out over time. I need to replace the one in my car sometime this winter.
     
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    How do I check it and where would I get a new one?
     
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    If you get under the car you should be able to just feel slop in it by grabbing it and trying to push it up, down, left or right. You could also have someone turn the wheel while your under there and watch for play on the bearing. I don't know if anyone sells new ones or not. I got mine from a parts car I had at the time. I have 2 more now if you need one I can check theirs for you.
     
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    Nope, This is it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/141017700922?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82

    and here is another thread about them

    http://mustangforums.com/forum/4-6l-general-discussion/566370-steering-column-bearing.html

    If you need one they are $20 shipped.
     
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    Well theres no slop in that bearing :(. At this point I think its the rag joint, lucky me...
     
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    I had the same issue with my 98GT. I replaced everything in the front suspension, outer tie rod ends, ball joints, I even installed poly control arm bushings, solid rack bushings and a bump steer kit. The steering still had slop... The last thing I did was install a Maximum Motorsports steering shaft. The steering shaft removed all the slop from the steering. It's not a cheap fix but it's the first thing I would do to a new to me Mustang.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
     
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    Thanks man, it looks like Ill have to do some saving up lol. Happy thanksgiving to all you guys too!
     
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    I'd say those factory bushings might be a tad worn out!!! :)


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    No kidding lol. Do you think that could be my problem?
     
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    That's at least part of it. I'd replace those with urethane bishops and see how it feels then.

    Not to mention that by tightening that back up you will easily see if anything else is loose afterwards.


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    Luckily I had poly bushings on order before I found this out. Ill definitely try it and report back later this week.