Last week I got my rack and pinion replaced and immediately following that I attempted to go on a trip that weekend. However, my car began shaking insanely, it had been doing that the whole trip. About 100 miles in I decided to turn back and have it looked at. The repair place I went to have the steering rack replaced, balanced my tires and the shaking went away. Now the issue with my car is that on the highway it pulls to the left slightly but on other roads going about 40 miles an hour it pulls to the right. I’ve had the suspension parts looked at before they replaced my rack and pinion and all was good. The shop did recommend I replaced my shocks and struts soon based on the manufactures suggestion.
I had my alignment done immediately following the rack and pinion job. My wheels are balding on the outside, all of them. I assume that was because my vehicle was in need of alignment. Now my vehicle pulls to the right on normal roads and to the left on the highway. It’s not too bad but it does bother me I want to take care of my car. There is a slight humming sound when going at all speeds. I can’t here it when my windows are down but it does sound it like is coming from outside somewhere. It is not loud enough to record.
Any clue on what the problem is? My theory is that the balding on the outside of tires is causing the pull. There is hardly any traction on the outside of my tires, but it’s just the first line on them that’s about an inch or so wide. The rest of the tires have fairly good traction as they only have about 11,000 miles on them. The two of the worse tires are on the front, the other two on the back. My car has about 74,000 on it. The reason the rack and pinion broke is not really certain however I do remember hitting a huge pot hole going about 40 a month before my vehicle got fixed. I drove maybe 500-1,000 miles with the rack making a clicking noise until i got it fixed.
Thank you I appreciate your help.