Steering wheel play

Discussion in 'SVT Tech Forum' started by sweet96cobra, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Just purchased a 96 Cobra and there is about one inch play in the steering wheel with out the wheels turning. My 95 GT was tight and responsive. One person said it was normal for cobras, i don't believe that, car only has 80,000 miles on it. Without replacing everything which i,m famous for ( rack, steering shaft, even the column ) does any one have a similar experience with excessive play.
    Thank you
  2. There is an adjustment on the rack. It's on the bottom side of the point where the steering shaft connects. You can see there is a large locknut. If you loosen this, and you might want to put a mark where it is aligned originally, you can tighten it up some. Try a little at a time to see where you are. Do not put much force on it - just use enough pressure to snug it up some. That might take out some play. There is also the possibility that there is wear that, when tightened up, may make it too stiff at the extreme edges of the turning radius.

    It's worth a try. I've replaced a rack on my '92 LX and it wasn't too bad. The cobras are set up similarly.

    Good luck.....
  3. steering wheel

    Thank you Price1. I will follow your advice and give it a shot. Will jack up the front tomorrow and crawl under there, since i just got the cobra i have to study it a bit, i know the suspension is a little different and also want to check the back plates bolts. sweet96cobra
  4. replacing the rack is easy and cheap
  5. It usually isn't the rack, the tie rods, the shaft or any of that.

    I had this problem in my 96 Cobra. Take the bolt out that connects the steering shaft to the column. Then pull the carpet back and it reveals two 11mm nuts that hold a bearing in that the steering shaft runs through. This bearing broke and fell out of my car. I installed a new one, and my steering is tight like it should be. Everything can be changed inside the car, no getting underneath. I tried to install a used one from my yard, but EVERY SINGLE Mustang had this problem, or they were froze up.
  6. Thank you SVT32. I will check that out. I was ready to purchase a remaf rack and pinion assembly if all else failed.