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Old 05-20-2015, 03:45 PM
Zakdak Zakdak is offline
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Default Is a crack in my steering rack bad?

So I've noticed lately that when I break hard there will be a thud and almost feel like my truck shifts forward, but once it's done once it won't happen again until I brake hard in reverse. Today I noticed my steering rack was dark near the middle and it looked like a crack. Could this be the source of my problem? There's no fluid leaking out though. I also attached a picture of the passenger side boot, it was kind of off.
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2005 Ranger XLT 2WD 3.0L V6 automatic (wish it was a 5-speed) 4-door 29" BFG All-Terrain T/A

Things to do:
-Refinish all rust spots, Raise suspension 3", 31" BFG All-Terrain, American Eagle wheels
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:32 PM
Fordzilla80 Fordzilla80 is offline
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Default Re: Is a crack in my steering rack bad?

That's a common problem with these trucks. You'll need to get a replacement rack and pinion. They'll run you about $250, and there's usually a core charge for the old one.

Just something to keep in mind, I drove my truck with a cracked rack and pinion for about a month, and when I went to replace it, I realized that it had cracked even more and an 8"x3" chunk of the rack's housing had fallen off.

Just make sure you replace it as soon as possible.
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