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rack and pinion or inner tie rods? how to differentiate?

Discussion in '6th Generation Honda Civic (1996-2000)' started by fabster, Oct 9, 2017.



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  1. fabster

    fabster New Member 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hi all,

    I've searched and didn't find a post that is related to diagnosing. I have play in my steering both parked and driving. I've done a check on both wheels off the ground and I see play in both inner tie rods in addition to no grease in both boots. How can I know if I should just replace both inner tie rods or the whole rack and pinion? Is it a good assumption that if both have play it's the R&P or not necessarily? I've also heard of adjusting the R&P, when is that in order? Thanks!
     
  2. boofoo

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    If the rack is not leaking PS fluid, start by replacing the loose inner tie rods and the boots. Then go from there.
     
  3. fabster

    fabster New Member 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    boofoo,

    Thanks. That's fair and helpful. I don't have power steering fluid leaking. So the fact that both inner tie rods have play don't seem to suggest to you that it's the rack and pinion itself? I figured inner tie rods likely go out at different times instead of as a pair. I'd appreciate thoughts on this. Thanks!
     
  4. boofoo

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    Sounds like an inner tie rod problem.
     
  5. fabster

    fabster New Member 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    I'll keep you posted. Thanks!
     
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    fabster New Member 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    as an update I went ahead and replaced both inner and outer tie rods on both sides. It wasn't too difficult. However, I still have some minor play which probably points to the rack and pinion but it's much better.
     
  7. boofoo

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    Are you rack mount bolts loose? Start there.
     


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