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QUESTION: When I Turn the steering wheel every quarter of a turn it gets stiff/more difficult to turn. I replaced rack and pinion. Ball Joints and bushing are good. I am thinking maybe within steering column? Steering Column Bearings? Not Sure what it could be. Power Steering pump is good. Hope i can get some help thanks.

ANSWER: HI DAVID, I WISH YOU TOLD ME WHAT KIND OF CAR THIS WAS..THIS COULD BE A VERY COMMON ISSUE ON MANY. THIS IS NOT THE STEERING COLUMN ITSELF IT IS THE SHAFT THAT CONNECTS THE RACK AND PINION TO THE COLUMNS SHAFT.. THIS SHAFT HAS U-JOINT IN IT AND THATS WHY EVERY 1/4 TURN OR SO IT BINDS UP BECAUSE THE U-JOINTS ARE LOCKING UP..IF YOU LOOSEN THE COUPLER TO THE RACK AND PINION AND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SHAFT SLIDE IT UP THE COLUMN TO REMOVE IT FROM THE RACK AND PINION AND THEN MOVE THAT END OF THE SHAFT WHERE IT GOES ON THE RACK YOU WILL FIND IT IS BINDING.. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU AND LET ME KNOW HOW YOU MAKE OUT...TOM...

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QUESTION: this is david its a 96 chevy camaro z28 is the model

ANSWER: HI DAVID AGAIN, I JUST REPLACED A 2002 CAMARO SS RACK 3 MONTHS BACK AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CAN'T REMEMBER IF THERE WAS A SMALL SHAFT GOING TO THE RACK OR NOT..BUT IN ANY EVENT PULL THE SHAFT OFF THE RACK AND MOVE THE COUPLER ALL AROUND AND SEE IF IT FEELS LIKE IT BINDS UP..I THINK YOU WILL FIND IT DOES...LET ME KNOW HOW YOU MAKE OUT..TOM

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QUESTION: its david with camaro steering problem well i took my car for a drive with problem and all of a sudden i was at stop sign and was turning the wheel left and right and heard a pop and now stee ring works. something pop back into place and now no difficulty turning. any ideas what that could be that pop back into place?

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HI DAVID, SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONG I HAD SOME PC PROBLEMS..YES, THIS COULD BE THE JOINT ON THE STEERING SHAFT CENTERING ITSELF..IF THIS JOINT IS THE PROBLEM I SUSPECT IT WILL RETURN..I WOULD AT LEAST LOOK AT THIS JOINT AND THE STEERING SHAFT JUST FOR YOUR PIECE OF MIND AND SAFETY REASONS....ALSO WAS THIS THE REASON WHY YOU REPLACED THE RACK OR WAS IT LEAKING ??? THERE REALLY IS NOTHING ELSE LEFT IN THE STEERING ASSEMBLY THAT WOULD CAUSE THIS PROBLEM OTHER THEN THIS STEERING SHAFT BY THE RACK....LET ME KNOW HOW YOU MAKE OUT. TOM....

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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high school,4 years of tech school,and many many hours of auto training with many gm classes and aftermarket training classes..

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