Rack and Pinion Steering Gear

Damaged rack and pinion gear.

The rack and the pinion gears are in mesh inside of a rack and pinion steering gear. These are the. The pinion gear is the input from the steering column. As it rotates, it moves the rack gear back and forth. At each end of the rack gear is an inner tie rod; this is considered a long rack. If there are no inner tie rods attached, it is considered a short rack.

Rack and pinion gear with bad teeth.

When there is a damaged tooth on the rack gear, the steering will slip or bind on that one spot. This problem will require a replacement rack and pinion gear set. Each of the other answers would have a problem making a turn in either direction.