Steering rack can fail on Buick Century

The steering rack may fail causing the steering to become hard to turn.

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Average mileage: 160,900 (115,500–240,000)
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1998, 2000
11 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
2000 Buick Century150,000
rack and pinion went out.
1998 Buick Century180,000
I have about a half of a wheel of play in the steering wheel and leaking power steering fluid. And the most noticeable issue is its very hard to turn left. My bro is a certified mechanic and he diagnosed the problem as I need to replace the rack and pinion asap. It's very dangerous to drive it this way. The steering could lock up or I could lose control trying maneuver around curves. Also instructed to keep a check on fluid level until I get the problem fixed. I have the parts ordered and will be fixed by end of the week.
1994 Buick Century119,000
hard to turn power steering wheel...replacing the pump may help and is cheaper to replace.
1998 Buick Century240,000
10,000 miles and one year ago I replaced rods. Now, very very hard to turn left. next, new(online) sterring rack.
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