When the steering rack becomes bad it needs to be replaced quickly for your safety. But first, you should be certain that the steering rack is at fault. Look out for these five telltale signs before you take your car in for repairs.
- Vehicle Wandering
When the car wanders on the road, both at low speeds and high speeds, it’s an indicator that the steering rack has gone bad. You’ll need to frequently correct the direction and holds the steering wheel in place will take require more work than usual. oftentimes this problem can be attributed to your wheels being out of alignment, but with a bad steering rack, the tires will indicates unusual wear specifically on the inside or outside of the tire, instead of all over like an alignment issue will cause.
- Numb Spot
With a bad steering rack there is likely to be a so-called “numb spot” in the center of the steering mechanism. Between about 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock there might be little response, a certain sign that there are steering rack problems.
- Shaking Wheel
If the steering wheel shakes when moving at higher speeds, added to an over play in the wheel, the steering rack has probably gone bad and needs to be changed. Apart from anything else, the lack of control with a wheel shaking can prove to be dangerous, especially on freeways when you have a regular drive.
- Power Steering Fluid Leak
When the power steering fluid levels keep dripping, even after you’ve topped it up, then be sure to have the steering rack looked at and possibly replaced. Check fluid levels regularly and look for other signs in conjunction with this one so you can be sure this is a steering rack issue and not just a fluid leak issue.
Sometimes when this part is gone bad, or more specifically if loose, you can hear a thudding, clunking, or frequently knocking as you drive on. Even if your problem doesn’t turn out to be a steering rack malfunction, noises like these should always be given attention by a professional quickly.
Don’t just look out for one of these symptoms, as some of these signs can be caused by more than one problem with your vehicle. If you observe any of these signs, look specifically for some of the other listed signs so you can know for sure that your steering rack is the cause.