I just replaced my rack and pinion steering gear with a "brand new" remanufactured unit from a reputable builder.

Manual steering unit. No hydraulic power assist.

I notice the steering wheel has about 5 degrees of effortless "free play" (slop) with audible clicks when it reaches end of travel. It has exactly the same amount of free play in any front wheel position, i.e. the free play is uniform all along the rack.

I also noticed (from postmortem on the old gear) that there is a fairly easy "free play" adjustment behind the pinion.

Will that adjustment correct it?

Is it normal/expected for a mechanic replacing steering gear to make that adjustment as part of the work?

Given that it's a "new" remanufactured unit with a lifetime warranty, I don't want to void the warranty.

  • Ask your mechanic about it. He might adjust it for free because he installed it.
    – Jupiter
    Sep 10, 2021 at 1:17
  • This sounds like the poster did the work themself @Jupiter.
    – GdD
    Sep 10, 2021 at 8:42
  • Please include the year/make/model/engine of the vehicle in question. EVERY car is different and therefore there's a different answer. Without the rudimentary knowledge of what you're asking about, there's no way to answer this properly. Sep 10, 2021 at 9:43
  • Are you sure the play isn’t in the steering column universal joints?
    – HandyHowie
    Sep 10, 2021 at 15:16
  • @HandyHowie Yes, because I didn't change the universal joints, just the steering gear, and the old gear did not do that. Sep 10, 2021 at 19:37


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