2nd Gear Poster
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Columbus, IN USA
Strange noise from steering? Rack and pinion?
My 95 SC makes some awful noises when turning. The local Ford dealer replaced the upper control arm on the passenger side due to a failed ball joint a couple weeks ago (did drivers side 1 year earlier). The rest of the bushings and ball joints looked fine to them.
Tires are less than a year old and have under 10k on them, properly inflated. BFG Traction T/As in original spec sizes.
Basically, when turning, the car lets out some awful noises. Moans and almost a grinding sound. Car has good power steering fluid level. Steering doesn't like to center itself up correctly when you let go of the wheel after turning - just gets close. No noise at road speeds, just when turning at slower speeds - like parking the car, backing out of parking spaces etc.
Is this a rack and pinion problem likely?
I can't do this repair myself at this time, need to hire someone to do it. The local Ford dealer has been great in the past, but not so great on the last repair or two. Would like to 'shop around' - how much should I pay for this repair?