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Old 09-07-2017, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Precedent steering problem

My club car precedent has recently developed a steering problem. While riding in a straight line if I turn the wheel in either direction it's really tight for about a quarter of the turn then as the cart travels into the turn it loosens up throughout the remainder of the turn but when I try to turn it back to straight it gets tight again. Makes no difference whether I turn left or right. Does the steering rack have a grease fitting? Maybe it just needs to be greased.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Precedent steering problem

Not an expert on these but I would suspect the steering rack. Wonder if it's a bad tie rod end. Did the cart have any hits into anything?
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #3
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No fitting on steering rack.
There are grease fittings on each spindle, according to service manual, you should jack up front of cart to grease spindles. Do that.
Do you hear any grinding or bad sound from rack when you turn wheel at stand still? If you raise cart, and turn wheels does it bind?
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:33 AM   #4
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It may be the universal joint in the steering shaft. I've read about them causing that problem.
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Old 09-08-2017, 06:59 AM   #5
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It may be the universal joint in the steering shaft. I've read about them causing that problem.
I agree, try tightening the bolts where the steering knuckle attaches to the shaft and the rack. (number 3 in attached pic)


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Old 09-08-2017, 07:27 AM   #6
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I agree, try tightening the bolts where the steering knuckle attaches to the shaft and the rack. (number 3 in attached pic)


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Also can try shooting some penetrating oil at the "U" joints in that coupler. Those can get stiff and resist flexing in certain directions.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:24 PM   #7
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Try some oil on the ball and socket of the tie-Rod too, as I have seen them tighten up before.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the good info. I will try all of these suggestions and report back.
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