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Steering Rack Bushings

A steering rack bushing is a steel sleeve surrounded by neoprene rubber that’s used on each mounting point of a steering rack. Its purpose is to dampen the vibration caused by the operation of the vehicle and the steering gear.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Steering may clunk or jerk while turning
  • Clunk when going over bumps
  • Excess free play in steering

Related Repair Advice

  • A four-wheel alignment should be performed after replacing the steering rack bushings
  • The steering rack bushing should be inspected as part of any front end or pre-alignment inspection
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