• Steering System

  • Rack-and-pinion steering is quickly becoming the most common type of steering on cars, small trucks and SUVs. It is actually a pretty simple mechanism. A rack-and-pinion gear set is enclosed in a metal tube, with each end of the rack protruding from the tube. A rod, called a tie rod, connects to each end of the rack.

    The pinion gear is attached to the steering shaft. When you turn the steering wheel, the gear spins, moving the rack. The tie rod at each end of the rack connects to the steering arm on the spindle. This is a pretty complicated system of checks and balances, and not having the ability to make your car go where you want it can cause definite safety problems. If you noticed that your steering becomes hard, or even to easy (to turn the wheel) you need to have it checked out by someone who has a good idea of what's going on.