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Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager
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99 sebring. I have not experienced this but according to my

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99 sebring. I have not experienced this but according to my daughter there are times when it will take more rotations of the steering wheel to make a turn than other times. Heard of anything like that? Checked the steering wheel linkage to the rack and nothing seems to be loose or slipping.
JA: Do you have power steering? Have you checked the power steering fluid?
Customer: fluid level is good. Power steering. Sebring convertible.
JA: What year is your '99 Convertible?
Customer: uh... 1999....
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: Chrysler Sebring
JA: Are you fixing your Sebring yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes. Tried nothing so far. Can't diagnose it to try anything. Can'[t reproduce this effect at will
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Eric replied 9 months ago.


While I dont come across this many times, I have encountered it on occasion. This occurs due to worn or broken gear teeth inside the rack and pinion unit which will allow the steering shaft to turn at times without actually turning the wheels at the same time.

The only solution is to replace the rack and pinion unit

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Having driven the car, I find no evidence of bad/broken teeth as exhibited in the performance of the steering. It doesn't feel like it is binding or being obstructed in any way. Could this still be possible yet not be felt in the steering?....
Expert:  Eric replied 9 months ago.


That is the only thing that would allow the steering wheel to turn without turning the wheels. Even a loose steering wheel nut would not cause this. And if the joint was bad between the steering shaft and rack and pinion unit, it would cause binding.

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