POP! and now the steering wheel isn't center
'96 XR7 4.6 with 164K on the clock.
I just did full rebuild of the front end a month or so back. All the control arms, bushings and shocks and springs. The steering wheel wasn't centered, so I paid a shop to do a front end realignment. The steering wheel got off a little again 10 to 20 degrees and I was figuring doing the rear shocks and rear control arm bushings and getting everything aligned again.
I heard a small pop the other day in the parking lot and didn't think anything about it. Today in reverse with the wheel cut hard, I heard a big pop and I thought some of my front end work had come apart or something. So I limped it home and noticed the steering wheel is like 90 degrees off now. The car doesn't pull and there is no noticeable slack between the steering wheel and the front wheel turning.
I'm thinking the rack and pinion is shot. So I'll do tie-rods, too.
Is something that happens?