Q: steering has been stiff lately and there is a squeak coming from rack and pinion

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steering wheel has about a half inch play without the tires moving and you can hear a squeak, steering has been stiffer than normal lately too, power steering fluid is full i just refilled, is it the rack and pinion or the power steering? pump hasnt been replaced and truck has 95k miles

My car has 95000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I believe that the issue you are having is due to your rack and pinion. If you are hearing a squeaking sound from the rack and pinion, there is likely a restriction in your rack and pinion most likely due to a broken tooth from one of the gears. I would recommend enlisting the assistance of a qualified professional to use a mechanic’s stethoscope on the rack and pinion to verify that the noise is coming from there. Once this has been verified, I would recommend replacing the rack and pinion. As for the play in the steering wheel, a half inch is a normal amount of free play for pickup truck to have.

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