what is this preload screw for? im talking with someone about what he calls a preload screw, he is saying that it can be tightened from the top of the rack for what he is assuming its purpose is to take up "slack" (loose steering feel). his complaint is of a loose steering feeling and thinks this is a solution, we're about to make plans for me to take it out and apart to see what a possible cause could be.
I've yet to hear about said preload screw, and assume its the steering rack bushing causing his problem.
Interesting. I get a steering wheel jiggle of sorts when crossing railroad tracks for example, and it also seems to follow road dips, but I do have wider tracking 17 inch wheels and was thinking that could be the reason. Maybe there is a way to test this? Its an 88 (Formula).
Anybody know if the castle locknut screw that covers the pinion bearing adjustment screw is spring loaded. I'll be working from underneath the car and heard the sound of a spring turning as I started unscrewing the castle nut. So I tightened it back up and came to ask the mighty PFF. So if it's just a cap, then I am good. Anybody do this with the rack in the car, from underneath? Really don't want to remove the trunk liner to fix this.
I took the front compartment liner out. It is real easy to do. And it made the job easy to do. If my memory serves me there is a spring inside so that is probably what you hear. No need to use force on the nut. Just nice and easy. Turn it till it stops then back it off like the manual says. I did it on the 88 when I had it and I have done that on the 87 when before I replace the rack. Taking the liner out is not complicated. My 88 was stock but the 87 has the battery in the front. It still wasnt hard to do. Hey if this old guy can do it you can.
[This message has been edited by solotwo (edited 04-12-2014).]