How Does Rack & Pinion Steering Work?

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Rack and pinion steering for wheel alignment on customer cars is explained by our expert mechanic in this free high performance auto-repair video.

Part of the Video Series: Wheel Alignment Tips for Custom Cars
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DOUG JENKINS: Hi, I'm Doug. So the modern hot rod that we're working on here doesn't have that old school look of the straight front axle, but nor does it have the propensity to kill you at a speed that the old style did. So this is a rack and pinion steering system on this car. This is the rack, this is the pinion. It works real simple. There's a--this rod going in here has teeth in it and this guy up here has teeth and it just pushes and pulls the rod inside with those teeth. It's very accurate and very compact, very lightweight. It's very simple and it pushes and pulls the tie rods in and out, giving you very exact control of the steering. This is the, you know, a simple installation of it, but rack and pinion is the most advanced form of steering on a hot rod.

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