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Rack & Pinion Steering

Fellow Rodders;

I have a 41 Willys coupe with a Mustang II Rack & Pinion. The car steers VERY well (no power steering) when I first drive it, BUT the steering gets VERY "stiff" the longer I drive (when everything warms up). After I let it sit for a while the steering is again fine. ANY IDEAS---Do I need a "NEW" rack and pinion?? Everything that I can lubricate I've done at least once!!

Rick Dolinar

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Sounds like something is getting hot and binding, not necessarily the gear itself. How tortuous is the linkage? Do you have more than one U-joint? Are there any severe angles in the U-joints? Did you design in a slip joint? This is a very important component to prevent expansion binding of the shafts. Would take a little work but can you drive it to stiff stage then put it on a hoist. Take each component lose and twist it by hand until you identify the bad boy.
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THANKS for your reply. I'll try your suggestion of getting it HOT, and checking everything on a lift. As you imply, it has to be something expanding when it gets hot.


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