Having problems with your 2001 Dodge Durango ?

2001 Dodge Durango 4.7 ltr engine. the steering wheel has about an inch to an inch and a half free play at top center before wheels turn. What causes this?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 21-09-2020

Answers :

Your Durango has rack and pinion steering.

There are four tie rods ( an inner and outer) on both sides. There is also an intermediate shaft connecting the steering column to the steering rack.

Any of these pieces can be worn and cause the condition you describe.

My favorite way to look for worn steering parts is to a friend sit in the drivers seat and rock the wheel back and forth while I look at the linkages from under the front.

The engine should be off, and the key should be in the "run" position. When you see parts that are connected but not moving in sync, you have found your worn parts.

This condition could also be caused by the rack to body bolts not being tight.

My '02 has the same issue. It's the intermediate shaft for me.
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