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okay, so i have neglected to fix a power steering issue for almost a year and a few days ago i went to turn right and heard a snap then my wheel was able to freee spin... after further investigation the rag joint has come off of my rack... my knowledge of the steering is minimal so i figured id better ask for opnions on if its shot or not... is there supposed to be a bolt through it? or how is it held onto the rack? this is a DD so fast responces would be super helpful!!
 

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Pics would help. Can you tell if its broken where it mounts or the joint itself?
 

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i didnt take pics... should have though!! its stuck at work... i dont think its broken, it's jsut like it can loose or apart from the racks splines.... very odd just a big clunk and i looked at it and it was just chillin about an inch from the splines does a bolt hold it into the rack'ssplines?
 

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It should be collapsible. So grab another bolt for the rag joint and try to pull it back out. Be sure to line up your steering wheel correctly first
 

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yes 2 bolts on rag. one holds it to the steeringwheel side one holds it to rack side.
 

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What was blacked out?
That was a Government-redacted photograph. He had a classified ID number, and the name of the Grassy Knoll shooter printed on the crossmember, so of course they had to black it out.
 

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So can anyne tell me an aprox. Size and if I need a nut or just a bolt? Gonna try to tet this goin again tonight
 

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Make sure not to let the wheel spin. If you do there is a good chance you'll 'over-turn' the wheel and break the clock spring.
 

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While we're talking clock spring, is there a procedure on how to ensure the steering wheel is "centered" when installing a new rack?

Assume the wheel got turned by mistake while the rack was out... :-(
 

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There may be a method, but I am not aware of one.

If that happened to me, I would remove the clock spring and reassemble making sure it is centered.

Usually I tie the wheel to the seat frame with a strap or rope while it is 'free'.
 

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There may be a method, but I am not aware of one.

If that happened to me, I would remove the clock spring and reassemble making sure it is centered.

Usually I tie the wheel to the seat frame with a strap or rope while it is 'free'.
The clock spring assembly has directions printed in the plastic:

"Rotate ccw until tight, then about 2 3/4 turns cw till the marks on the case line up."

Theoretically, your steering wheel should be level there. :zdunno:

I just happen to have one laying here beside the computer, lol. ( Thanks, Splattered!)
 

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upon further investigation i snapped it!! :D i feel special... thankfully my parts car's was not broken, i figure by the looks of it, it'll last about 6 months, so that will give me time to save up for the stainless steel one!! so i have a long week ahead of me!!!
 

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DLF makes a bolt on piece but it can be duplicated using a flaming river joint and a small length of modified shaft. DLF's part is a good price though
huh huh huh (beavis and butthead laugh)....he said 'joint'....
 

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DLF makes a bolt on piece but it can be duplicated using a flaming river joint and a small length of modified shaft. DLF's part is a good price though
Yup, anyone can do it, if you want to buy at least 18" of stainless DD shaft.
 
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