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Your car is equipped with a steering rack. Essentially, this is what translates the rotational movement of the steering wheel into lateral movement to control the front wheels. The rack is mounted under your car, behind the engine, but it cannot be attached directly to the frame/subframe, as this would cause serious vibrations to travel up the steering wheel.

Instead, the steering rack is mounted using a series of bushings (steering rack mounting bushings). These are made from a combination of steel and rubber and are designed to hold the steering rack firmly in place while dampening the noise and vibration created by driving along the surface of the road.

Your power steering rack mounting bushings are in use every time you drive your car. They’re also exposed to severe heat and cold, water, road salt, debris, sand and many other threats. Obviously, this takes a toll, particularly on the rubber portion of the bushings. Eventually, the rubber will become dry and brittle, shrink and crack. The steel portion can also be affected, particularly if rust and corrosion set in, or they’re damaged by an impact with an object. With all that being said, there’s no firm lifespan for your bushings. More frequent driving and exposure to the elements will lead to faster failure, though.

Once your bushings have become worn and start to fail, you’ll notice a number of problems, including increased road noise, less responsive steering and other problems. This creates a serious safety situation. Knowing a few symptoms to watch for can help you head this problem off before it becomes a real threat:

  • Clunking from the steering wheel when turning
  • Additional vibration in the steering wheel while driving
  • Steering wheel jerks

If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to have your steering rack mounting bushings inspected and replaced if they’re worn or have failed completely. A professional mechanic can help to replace any parts necessary.


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Chris

20 years of experience
1650 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Ford Escape - Steering Rack Mounting Bushings - Irvine, California
Chris knows his stuff and is quite personable. He arrived early and is efficient with his work. Kudos to Chris!
Nissan Altima - Car is not starting - Sun City, California
He came one hour early and tried to understand the issue quickly and was courteous and helped resolve the issue..didn't need any other service but he did clean out my dashboard idiot lights and got my brake fluid at the proper level

Rigoberto

9 years of experience
719 reviews
Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Porsche 944 - Steering Rack Mounting Bushings - Chicago, Illinois
Rigoberto was extremely knowledgeable about all issues relating to my car. I really enjoyed learning from him and is pleased with the work he performed.
Ford F-150 - Fuel Pump - Westchester, Illinois
great mechanic, mine from now on

TJ

24 years of experience
345 reviews
TJ
24 years of experience
Lexus RX300 - Steering Rack Mounting Bushings Replacement - Punta Gorda, Florida
Very professional and knows his job very well

Robert

18 years of experience
635 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Jeep Liberty - Steering Rack Mounting Bushings - Denver, Colorado
Showed up on time, super friendly, finished quickly, explained other services needed. He was flat out awesome. As soon as we can afford it we will definitely book Robert again.

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