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Old 05-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Steering rack and pinion possible problem.

No it won't harm anything to tighten the bolts. Driven hard always does something to any vehicle. Its a little unusual for a steering rack to loosen up so hard driving, perhaps off road too(?), may have contributed. Obviously straining the steering wheel fully left or right loads the mechanics. Any chance this car was used in auto crossing where low speed and tight turns loads the steering system too?

When tightening up, check your work by testing full left and right. If tightened then the rack shouldn't budge at all.

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