Subject: Steering binds only when cold|
Love my 1997 Dakota (2WD), but last year the steering began binding and shuddering when I turned the steering wheel...but only if the truck was cold (< 60F). Shuddering does not happen at all in our South Carolina warm weather. I have liberally lubed the U-joints on the intermediate shaft every few months. The binding has returned now that the weather is cooling off again. Trusted mechanic checked the entire frontend and says the bushings and tie rod ends are fine. Any thoughts from the forum? I am concerned the rack and pinion gear may be at fault?
| RE: Steering binds only when cold|
Update: I had been using white lithium grease on the intermediate shaft. This winter season I switched to Blaster silicone and the difference was significant. My best analysis is that the cold was causing the u-joints to contract just enough to create friction. The Blaster lube significantly reduced the binding and the amount of time before the binding would dissapate as I drive.
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