Replacing my Rack & Pinion. Need help...
I've got a 2007 Ram 1500 (Big Horn) 4x4, with only 37K miles. This past winter, my front axle occasionally made this clanking sounds when I drove over minor bumps, pot holes, or un-even surfaces. It only happened in slow speeds (under 15mph), but along with the clanking, it was accompanied by a vibration up the drive shaft and into the steering wheel.
I've had my mechanics shop check and verify the tie rods, upper & lower ball joints, sway bar ends/links, sway bar bushings and even had them look at front drive axle rod, but everything was tight.
Since then, my axles are making that clanking noise every time...even on the smallest bumps. What's even worse is when I cruise at 55-70mph and drive over rough patches on the road, the front tires feel real loose and almost hard to control.
I'm going to replace my shocks, but that's not going to fix the clanking and the vibration up the steering column, so I'm going to replace the rack & pinion too.
Has anyone on here replaced their Rack & Pinion themselves?
Does anyone have a step-by-step on how it's done? Better still, if you have pictures, that would be awesome.
Thanks so much,