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Hello,

Just wondering if someone can tell me how much slack should there be in the steering of my 94 GT? I can move the steering wheel about and inch and a half to either side before you start to turn. Basically it just doesn't feel tight and precise. Is this normal for Mustangs? Or if not, can someone tell me what to check and adjust the slack out of the steering.

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Mikey
 

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At the bottom of the steering column is the steering box with rods connecting to the wheels. Most steering boxes have an adjustment on top consisting of a locking nut and slotted screw. Adjusting the play in the engaging gear mesh can eliminate some slack but you must take it quietly as over adjustment just damages the steering box. is this applicable to your type of vehicle?
 

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na, he's got rack and pinion. I think their has to be a way to adjust it? Never messed with one on a mustang. Someone here should know.
 

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In all my years, I've never seen a manual, ( or power for that matter), rack and pinion have to be adjusted for freeplay/slop.
They're spring loaded per se'.
I'd be looking at the rag joint myself.
(where the steering columm attaches to the adapter that attaches to the slip yoke on the rack itself).
Seen lots of those (higher mileage/old plastic design), break in half, causing at least an inch or so of freeplay/slop.
My .002 Next check would be the actual little u-joint at the upper portion of the steering columm,(still in the engine compartment, but higher than the rag joint).
 

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I would check the rack mounting bolts/nuts also. I experienced something similar to this on an Escort. One mount had lost a nut and allowed the hold rack and pinion unit to slide back and forth. Very nerve racking when you turn and it doesn't.

Have a buddy/gf turn the steering wheel back and forth while you watch the rack and pinion unit.
 

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Yes, I concur. I've also seen quite a few 'rotted out, and/or oil saturated/eaten up' rack mounting bushings. Check 'em out.
 
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