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#1 NickSG

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:38 PM

HI FOLKS.

Just bought a 94 SC300 yesterday with 144k miles for $3000. I didn't have a chance to thoroughly test drive it before buying, but the paint is brand new and the car is clean as hell so I just fell in love. But I am now noticing a problem. Driving in the 35 - 45 mph range, the steering will temporarily become less responsive, causing the car to understeer. The alignment is pretty bad. But I think this is something else, I'm guessing the steering rack, maybe even the tie rods. Has this ever happened to anyone? Is it easy to DIY replace the rack and tie rods? Could it be something else????

ANY INSIGHT MUCH APPRECIATED!!

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#2 darkgable143

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:59 AM

I think your problem is pretty standard. My car did the same thing, power steering pump leaked and the rack and pinion bushing was bad. I changed it all (have a guy who is a retired Lexus mechanic)because you have to take everything in the front of the engine off, had him change timing belt, power steering pump,rack and pinion and do a tune up. Cost about $1000.00 with parts. the rack and pinion is $3000.00 at the dealer, got it for $150.00 at Toyota wrecking yard works fine.

#3 NickSG

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 02:13 AM

I think your problem is pretty standard. My car did the same thing, power steering pump leaked and the rack and pinion bushing was bad. I changed it all (have a guy who is a retired Lexus mechanic)because you have to take everything in the front of the engine off, had him change timing belt, power steering pump,rack and pinion and do a tune up. Cost about $1000.00 with parts. the rack and pinion is $3000.00 at the dealer, got it for $150.00 at Toyota wrecking yard works fine.


Thanks for the reply. Now that I've had it a minute I understand the problem a little better. Definitely seems like the power steering pump. Unfortunately I'll just have to stick it out a minute, as I just spent all my money on this broken car. :(

#4 jzz30

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:51 AM

sounds like the typical steering rack bushing problem i think daizen or someone makes a replacement. the dealer does not. its easy to change.


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