|Originally posted by Bloozberry:|
The manual rack in a Fiero is just greased, not filled with oil. Usually when it's stiff initially in one or both directions it's because the portion of the rack that sticks out on the passenger side (inner tie rod attaches to it and it's hidden by the boot) builds up a little rust. As you turn the wheel, the rust doesn't being pulled through the tight fitting bushing in the housing at that end. That action also prematurely wears out the bushing. Often you'll find that the rack boot is torn and has let moisture inside that area.
that makes sense as it poured last sunday and I ran through some big puddles.. that'll give me a place to start tomorrow..