In Reply to: some more symptoms I forgot to mention posted by Eric on September 24, 2001 at 01:11:51:
Sounds like a the power steering pump to me -- maybe the pump is going or belt is slipping. Definitely check it for leaks. I think if it were your rack, you would notice the car darting/changing direction or maybe having some slop on center. They rarely wear out. I am told there is also a steering column U-joint on the airbag-equipped cars like my '90 that can make noise (clunking) and wear, but I have not heard of it being a problem with the earlier cars.
at full lock to the right, it screeeeeeetches, and under slow rolling turns it groans badly. I just replaced the tie-rods less than a week ago, unfortunetly becuase of school, I have not had it properly aligned. could i have messed up my steering rack when putting the tie rods in?
also, I've heard that a e36 M3 steering rack will fit, is this better? cheaper?
is replacing a steering rack a do-it-yourself, or leave it to the pro's job?
at the auto-x's that iv'e gone to, I've noticed another problem, but it was very prominent at the last auto-x last week. when going into a corner and the car stuarts to understear, when the tires regain traction, the steering will not go back to center, but instead will continue turning. I have to manualy pull the wheels back straight (almost like there is no power steering)
I also feel a bit of slop/play at the center, even my girlfriend noticed it when she drives it. I did not notice the slop until after I put ground control on....coincidence? (sp.)
i hope this extra info helps