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I have a 2008 Honda Pilot EX with 2WD with 167,000 miles. I recently replace the front shock/spring assembly and sway bar links. I am also replacing this weekend the lower control arm assemblies. However, I notice that the steering wheel is loose; I can turn the wheel slightly without actually turning the vehicle. Does anyone have a good how-to video(s) on how to tighten up the steering wheel and correct this steering issue? It is very annoying.
 

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I have a 2008 Honda Pilot EX with 2WD with 167,000 miles. I recently replace the front shock/spring assembly and sway bar links. I am also replacing this weekend the lower control arm assemblies. However, I notice that the steering wheel is loose; I can turn the wheel slightly without actually turning the vehicle. Does anyone have a good how-to video(s) on how to tighten up the steering wheel and correct this steering issue? It is very annoying.
I hate to say this because its an expensive repair (unless you do it yourself), but it's likely that you will need a new or remanufactured Rack and Pinion to solve this.
 
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Was the steering wheel sloppy before you changed the struts or did it get sloppy after you changed the front shock/springs?

If it was sloppy before and still sloppy now I would start by checking your inner and outer tie rod ends on both sides. Have someone move the wheel while you watch for movement in the rod ends. The inner is kinda hard to see because it is covered by the dust boot. If the outer tie rods look good then you will need to remove the cable tie holding the dust boot to the rack. If the inner and outer both look good the next thing I would check is the universal joints in the steering shaft that connects the steering wheel to the rack - visible on the engine compartment side of the firewall. If all that looks tight then I am afraid the only thing left is the rack.
 

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If it was loose before.... inner and outer tie rods ends should be checked first.

If it got loose after, then make sure the lower control arms to frame bolts are torqued properly, the strut is torqued properly, and that you got an alignment with proper toe set. Toe out of spec can cause wandering and lack of responsiveness.
 
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I hate to say this because its an expensive repair (unless you do it yourself), but it's likely that you will need a new or remanufactured Rack and Pinion to solve this.
Hi there,
I just purchased a 2003 Pilot EX with 280k on it. It was a single owner and well maintained. It has two matching Firestone tires in rear a newer Costco tire driver front and a worn Firestone front passenger. The steering feels loose to me. Do you think a new tire for the worn passenger front to match will help? Or is it irrelevant? I have a mechanic looking at tie rods, steering, etc. this Friday. Any thoughts here?
 

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Hi there,
I just purchased a 2003 Pilot EX with 280k on it. It was a single owner and well maintained. It has two matching Firestone tires in rear a newer Costco tire driver front and a worn Firestone front passenger. The steering feels loose to me. Do you think a new tire for the worn passenger front to match will help? Or is it irrelevant? I have a mechanic looking at tie rods, steering, etc. this Friday. Any thoughts here?
If there is play in the steering wheel. In other words, Can the steering wheel be turned any (an inch or more) without the tires moving? If so, this is the sign of a worn out steering rack and should be replaced asap. A new front tire can not solve this condition.

Matching the front tires would be a good thing.
 

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If there is play in the steering wheel. In other words, Can the steering wheel be turned any (an inch or more) without the tires moving? If so, this is the sign of a worn out steering rack and should be replaced asap. A new front tire can not solve this condition.

Matching the front tires would be a good thing.
Okay, what would be a reasonable cost to replace rack and pinion?
 

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If there is play in the steering wheel. In other words, Can the steering wheel be turned any (an inch or more) without the tires moving? If so, this is the sign of a worn out steering rack and should be replaced asap. A new front tire can not solve this condition.

Matching the front tires would be a good thing.
And yes, the steering can move a bit without any play in actual tire movement/direction.
 

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Okay, what would be a reasonable cost to replace rack and pinion?
So many variables in this because it also is likely needs new return lines, tie rods and possibly other suspension parts. A steering rack job is not cheap for a Pilot. A wheel alignment will also be needed. I hate to speculate, but $1500-$2000 wouldn't be unheard of.
 
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So many variables in this because it also is likely needs new return lines, tie rods and possibly other suspension parts. A steering rack job is not cheap for a Pilot. A wheel alignment will also be needed. I hate to speculate, but $1500-$2000 wouldn't be unheard of.
not an easy job either......
 
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