Have a sloppy steering wheel? Fix that annoying steering wheel play and get back your awesome steering wheel feel by rebuilding your steering rack yourself.

It's easy and you can do it with some very basic tools.
Watch the video to see how it's done and how to replace the steering rack rubber boots, how to unstake and stake claw washers, how to replace the steering rack bushings with polyurethane ones and how to install new inner tie rod ends and outer tie rod ends.

I also show you how to remove the steering rack from your car and how to restore it by removing the rust with a wire wheel and repainting the steering rack.

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Comments

    • Billigan
      Billigan

      Most detailed rack and pinion instruction yet. Thank you.

      about 9 months ago
    • Muhammad Asif
      Muhammad Asif

      Steering Rack is an expensive part of vehicle.

      about 5 days ago
    • skappak1
      skappak1

      What about the seals?

      about 6 days ago
    • Angelo Marlon Manansala
      Angelo Marlon Manansala

      😍

      about 20 days ago
    • KHD AMD
      KHD AMD

      Great job. Go on bb

      about 21 day ago
    • Babar Rashid
      Babar Rashid

      nicely done.

      about 22 days ago
    • Malik Saadi
      Malik Saadi

      THANKS VERY MUCTH

      about 27 days ago
    • Mr Mac
      Mr Mac

      That rack and pinion is simple to rebuild,no port holes,because fluid doesn't run through it.
      Hydraulic rack and pinion has lot more seals,a whole other ball game!

      about 1 month ago
    • Isaac B
      Isaac B

      How do you test a properly rebuilt and reinstalled ps rack ? You didn’t reinstall it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Muhammad Waseem
      Muhammad Waseem

      Love to watch such a great video

      about 1 month ago
    • Ali Salim
      Ali Salim

      Good Video but its not a rebuild. what about the seals?

      about 1 month ago
    • KENNETH PERKINS
      KENNETH PERKINS

      thats not a rebuild my friend, although its a great video on what you did , you didnt replace the oil seals inside the rack , you didnt check for bushing wear inside the shaft holes , I was trying to show a young boy that come to work for me the basic, so I just had to take the time and show him my self , But like I said you did a great video , thanks

      about 1 month ago
    • Muhammad Suhail Mirza
      Muhammad Suhail Mirza

      is Its power steering ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Muhammad Suhail Mirza
      Muhammad Suhail Mirza In reply to Muhammad Suhail Mirza

      driving 4 answers #Respect from PAKISTAN

      about 1 month ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Muhammad Suhail Mirza

      Manual

      about 1 month ago
    • Fidel Cordova
      Fidel Cordova

      What was that white paint you use to mark the pinion .? White out .?

      about 1 month ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Fidel Cordova

      Just plain old white enamel paint, the kind used to hide dings and missing paint on old bath tubs and such.

      about 1 month ago
    • Swahiliangift70x7
      Swahiliangift70x7

      This was an awesome tutorial video. You did an excellent job!

      about 1 month ago
    • willah chikopela
      willah chikopela

      My seal to the rack keeps popping out what should I do

      about 2 months ago
    • Ashim Baruah
      Ashim Baruah

      Thanks for the video

      about 2 months ago
    • neil minshall
      neil minshall

      excellent how to video. This guy is perfect presenter.

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to neil minshall

      Thank you :)

      about 2 months ago
    • Kerns_ Deathwish
      Kerns_ Deathwish

      Dude you are awesome, thats the only thing I needed to change, saved me hella a lot of time!

      about 2 months ago
    • Lennox
      Lennox

      Hello there , you did not mention about the Hydraulic Liquid being all spilled out ?
      And some cars maybe do not to disconnect the upper steering rack below the
      driver's pedal ?

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Lennox

      It's a manual rack, hence no liquid. I don't understand the second part of your comment.

      about 2 months ago
    • Umair Ali
      Umair Ali

      I ve Honda CR-Z sports hybrid it has EPS, i m having problem with steering play, also when i hit some potholes ,a knocking noice come from pinion, i don't know what is the exact problem, please guide me

      about 2 months ago
    • pkaronis1
      pkaronis1

      Can bad bushings cause a shudder when accelerating hard?

      about 2 months ago
    • Stephen Zaffarano
      Stephen Zaffarano

      I have a bolt on my 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan that apparently came loose shortly after an accident involving the underside of the front end, and now is back in the shop because the same bolt is sheering off. What bolt are they talking about? Is it in the rack? The problem was the severe play in the wheel that has been gradually getting worse. If insurance won't cover it (from last years accident) then I'll have to repair it myself!!

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Stephen Zaffarano

      Probably a bolt holding the rack to the chassis, but I'm just guessing, and that's all anyone can do without seeing it first hand.

      about 2 months ago
    • Muhammad Rafeeq
      Muhammad Rafeeq

      Good Teacher

      about 2 months ago
    • lovesosa
      lovesosa

      Do you guys recommend nissan 350z 2008 rack and pinion rebuild or new?

      about 2 months ago
    • Brian Hind
      Brian Hind

      Thank you so much for your rapid reply to my comments. You are not the first mechanic who has told me that new parts tend to be shoddy & that quality control seems non existent. I replaced TWO master cylinders in my Ford Escape this year. I bought NEW master cylinders...not rebuilds. Napa supplied me a new cylinder & when I installed it and attempted to connect the two brake lines, one of the ports had NEVER been threaded. NAPA accepted the defective cylinder & gave me a replacement NEW cylinder. After installation & bleeding I had a VERY low pedal. I went to a reputable local shop who had a scan tool that would allow them to sequence the valves in the ABS module to ensure that any possible air would be purged. No improvement. The shop hooked up their power bleeder, & the scan tool & bled brakes according to Ford instructions. Still a low pedal. After driving the car for a few days I went to another parts store & bought a REBUILT master cylinder, which was done by a local shop. I bled the brakes & all was well. The second cylinder was defective.
      I realise that a total rebuild of the steering box is impractical/impossible for a DIY guy, but I was thinking more in terms of the seals. Your videos are first class & your courtesy in explaining the style of rebuild of the unit was logical in all respects. I look forward to more of your productions. Thanks again, Brian

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Brian Hind

      Thanks so much for your positive comments and support. I'll try not disappoint with future vids :) I had a story just like yours with 2 alternators. Ended up having a shop rebuild my old one. The two "new" ones both didn't charge right.

      about 2 months ago
    • Brian Hind
      Brian Hind

      Thank you for the video. It was however not a rebuild. A rebuild would have required disassembly & repair of the steering box as well. That aside, it was informative for those who have never replaced tie rods & ends & bushings.

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to Brian Hind

      A lot of people have said that already. But you said it in a polite and mature way, so thank you for that. Let me elaborate a bit. This is a rack from a 1987 car and there are a few reasons why I didn't replace the parts you mentioned. First of all they aren't available new anymore and the only thing that I can replace are the bearings. These virtually never fail and new ones are usually of poorer quality than the originals. The only option I had for a replacement rack is a quick ratio rack, which I am not interested at the moment. The other reason is that I am a DIY car enthusiast with the typical tools such a person owns and make videos to share with people like myself. Rebuilding the rack fully is a bit difficult for most diyers and honestly often doesn't make sense and is less cost effective than getting a rebuilt rack when one is available. When a new rack isn't available like in my case, it still makes more sense to get a good used one and just replace the studf I replaced in the video. I could have called the video how to replace inner and outer tie rods on a steering rack but the video really is a bit more than that, but it is also admittedly less than a full rebuild. The deal is that video titles have to be short and simple so this was my best option, although far from perfect. Sorry for the super long reply but I thought you might appreciate some insight into my side of the story :) thanks for watching and commenting.

      about 2 months ago
    • William Vince
      William Vince

      Can some one tell what's the plastic bushing does? Will stop the the oil leak from the ends or is it some type of guide only? Thanks

      about 2 months ago
    • William Vince
      William Vince In reply to William Vince

      Thanks

      about 2 months ago
    • driving 4 answers
      driving 4 answers In reply to William Vince

      Just a guide

      about 2 months ago
    • Jonas Wegelius
      Jonas Wegelius

      Not sure I would put a plastic zip tie. Would use a metal clamp, way more durable and secure.

      about 2 months ago
    • zulkifli jamari
      zulkifli jamari

      Very clearly practical explaination

      about 2 months ago