Rack and Pinion Steering
Recirculating Ball Steering (Steering Gear
Definition: A type of lightweight steering gear that uses a worm-like
gear (the pinion) to drive a horizontal bar (the rack). The primary
advantage of rack & pinion steering is that it is lightweight and uses
fewer parts than a reciprocating ball steering gear.
Definition: A type of
steering gear normally used with a parallelogram steering linkage. So
named because of the ball bearings that are recirculated in the gear box
between the worm and sector gears to reduce friction.
Terms used in Product Descriptions
Half Year Models/ Products with a
/7 in them.
Many Steering parts in cars were changed during the production year.
The Steering Store designates these parts with a /month. For example 91/7 -99 means after July 91 through
99. You will also see half year models designated as '89.5.'
Please call if you are not sure, we are always happy to help.
Performance vs. Standard Parts
Many car manufacturers used different steering parts depending on the
'package' the car came with. These are usually not interchangeable
so be sure to find the one that matches your car. If you are not
sure, give us a call, we may have more notes that will help you locate
your steering rack or gearbox.
Power vs. Manual
Steering parts are different if the car is Manual or Power Steering.
You will need to know this before ordering. Please differentiate
this from Manual / Stick shifting and Power / Automatic shifting
(Transmission). Sometimes the part is different
depending on the shifting so be careful. Be sure to pick the one that matches
your car. All parts are power steering unless otherwise noted.
2WD vs. 4WD
Some parts are different if the car is 4 wheel drive or 2 wheel
drive. You will see these often market as 4WD/4X4 or
2WD. Please be sure to choose the right part.
Many of our parts are affected by the car engine size. Sometimes it
is as easy as a 6 cylinder vs. an 8 cylinder engine. At times,
however, it is affected by liters, i.e. 3.0 liter vs. the 3.8 liter.
Please be sure to check your engine before you order.
Speed Proportional Steering
Many of our parts are affected by whether or not the car has Speed
Proportional Steering. This is a feature where the car gives more or
less assist depending on the speed of the vehicle. Please be sure to check before you
order. Manufacturers each have their own term for them. Some of the
common ones are; Variable Assist, Solenoid, Servotronic, Parameter
Steering, Speed Sensitive Steering and Magna Steer.
If you have any questions on the above
parts, please call or email and we can help you out.