Steering Rack


Is your vehicle pulling to one side? Is there movement in a steering arm or play in a steering drum stick?

Is your steering rack boot gaiter split and needs to be replaced? All these symptoms could be a sign that your steering rack worn? Auto Experts Medway in Chatham Medway can repair all steering components.

The Steering Rack:

A Steering Rack is a rack (or toothed bar) and pinion (a cog on the end of a shaft). Its objective is to convert rotational motion from the steering wheel into linear motion, moving the wheels from side to side.

The mechanism may be power-assisted, usually by hydraulic or electrical means.

How it works:

A circular gear called “the pinion” engages teeth on a linear “gear” bar called “the rack”; rotational motion applied to the pinion causes the rack to move relative to the pinion, thereby translating the rotational motion of the pinion into linear motion.

Common Faults:

The most common fault on a steering rack is a worn track rod end. When a track rod end is worn slight movement can be felt. Another common fault is also to do with excessive movement or play in the steering arm joint (or drum stick). This particular part is partially hidden beneath the steering rack boot which is a rubber cover or gaitor protecting the teeth of the rack. Should this boot become split it can allow the elements to contaminate the toothed area of the rack causing the steering to wear quickly.

Any worn steering parts can effect the steering and you may feel your vehicle pulling to one side. Any movement in the steering rack could make a rattle or knocking sound meaning it needs to be repaired.

Why Choose Auto Experts Medway?

We at Auto Experts Medway in Medway have established a superb reputation for high quality replacement services, refer to our testimonials from our customers from Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester on our testimonial page.
On many occasions when carrying out a diagnosis a partial strip down is necessary. Should you agree to have any necessary work completed at this time, this initial diagnosis becomes free due to the fact that your vehicle has been partially stripped down already.
So if your vehicle is pulling to one side or it has movement or play in a steering arm or drum stick or is your steering rack boot gaitor split and needs to be replaced. Come to Auto Experts Medway in Chatham we are close to both Gillingham and Rochester in Medway making us the idea garage for shoppers and commuters.

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