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When you turn the steering wheel, the two front wheels also turn in the direction you want. It actually takes a lot of different components to translate the rotational movement of the steering wheel into side to side movement for the front wheels. Your steering wheel connects to the steering column, which connects to an intermediate shaft, which connects to the steering rack/gear box. The rack itself is what moves the wheels left or right, allowing you to steer.

The steering rack/gearbox is also responsible for providing the power assist that makes it easier to steer your car. Today’s vehicles weigh quite a bit, and manual steering is difficult even under the best of circumstances. Your rack is connected to the power steering pump, which pushes fluid through the lines, and into the rack, augmenting and amplifying the movement created by the steering wheel.

Your car’s steering rack/gearbox is used every time you turn the steering wheel. It’s also subjected to a lot of stress and vibration even when you’re not turning (driving on a straight section of road). Eventually, the rack will fail. However, there’s no definitive lifespan here. The more you drive, the faster it will wear. Still, most vehicle owners will never have to change their power steering rack, or will need to replace it just once during their ownership.

Given the immense importance of the steering rack/gearbox, it’s vital that you know a few signs and symptoms of excessive wear to watch for. These include the following:

  • Steering wheel feels loose, or sloppy
  • You notice power steering fluid leaks under the car, behind the engine
  • You hear a clunking noise when going over bumps or when turning the wheel
  • The steering wheel feels “disconnected” (it takes a lot of turning)
  • Steering is uneven
  • It requires a lot of effort to turn the steering wheel

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s very important to have your steering rack/gearbox inspected. A professional mechanic can inspect the system and replace the steering rack/gearbox as well as any other failed components.


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Matthew

31 years of experience
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Matthew
31 years of experience
Dodge Ram 1500 - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Hampton, Virginia
This is not my first experience with Matthew or Your Mechanic. I have been very satisfied with Matthew's & Your Mechanic service.
Saturn Relay - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Norfolk, Virginia
Matthew was super nice, punctual, and competent. He explained everything that he was doing, and did a thorough inspection afterwards. I would highly recommend this mechanic and will look to use him again in the future!

Victor

9 years of experience
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Victor
9 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Everything was perfect. He has a ton of tools and is very prepared for anything. He was very professionally and knew how to fix our problem. I will definitely refer him to friends and family.
Pontiac Montana - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Repairs went off without a problem, he told me about potential problems when it comes to getting my vehicle inspected, what might not pass so I won't have any surprises. A true professional and very knowledgeable excellent.

Keith

16 years of experience
284 reviews
Keith
16 years of experience
Toyota Avalon - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Bartow, Florida
I had a good experience with the mechanic and he seems to be very knowledgable. I would recommend him to my friends.

Roberto

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Roberto
10 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Steering Rack/Gearbox - Houston, Texas
Roberto was on time and got everything I needed done. He explained everything to me well and was able to answer all my questions. I recommend him and would definitely request him for another job.

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