What to do with a loose steering
By Jakob Jelling
A loose steering is not only uncomfortable for the driver but also is a risk to his safety as well as to the safety of all the other vehicles around him. This way, if you have a loose steering it is recommendable that you fix it before you drive the car again. Adjusting the steering might vary in difficulty depending on how much knowledge you have on it as well as on the kind of steering it is.
If it is a standard mechanical or gear box type power steering, fixing it would be much easier than if it is a rack and pinion type. But, the first thing you should do before trying to fix it is to make sure you know how to properly do it or you could end up with a bigger problem than you had at the beginning.
If it is a standard mechanical or gear box type steering, you should start by learning from the car owner's manual how to find the power steering gear box. Once you find this, you will be able to find a screw on it which would allow you to do the steering adjustments you need. In order to properly adjust it through this screw you should maintain the car engine running, turn the screw a little and then turn the steering wheel until it is ready.
The rack and pinion steering has its steering wheel directly connected to the rack. This rack has a pinion assembly into it which moves the steering gear through a piston. This system is much more complex than the gear box type and you should ask for help in case you need to fix it and haven't done it before. Besides, this mechanism allows more precise adjustments to be done to the wheel direction and it is important that you have some experience on how it should exactly be once it is adjusted in order for it to be properly fixed.
If your car has a Mc Pherson suspension system, it is very probable that it has a rack and pinion steering. This is due to the way in which these two systems are highly compatible and can be easily and efficiently connected. If your car uses this combination, then the functioning of the steering system would be different than other cases due to the fact that the Mc Pherson system would control some of the functions which in other cases also depend on the steering.