Kia Optima: Troubleshooting - Steering SystemKia Optima: Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting
Symptom
Probable cause
Remedy
Play in steering
Loose yoke plug
Retighten
Loose steering gear mounting bolts
Retighten
Loose or worn tie rod end
Retighten or replace as necessary
Steering wheel does not return properly
Excessive turning resistance of tie rod end
Replace
Yoke plug excessively tight
Adjust
Tie rod and/or ball joint cannot turn smoothly
Replace
Loose mounting of gear box mounting bracket and/or worn steeringshaft joint
Retighten
Worn steering shaft joint and/or body grommet
Correct or replace
Distorted rack
Replace
Damaged pinion bearing
Replace
Twisted or damaged hoses
Reposition or replace

Special Service Tools
Special Service Tools Tool Name / NumberIIIustrationDescriptionLower arm ball joint remover0K545-A9100Removal of front lower arm from front axle Personal Protective Equipment NameIllustrati ...

Electric Power Steering
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Driving in Flooded Areas
Avoid driving through flooded areas unless you are sure the water is no higher than the bottom of the wheel hub. Drive through any water slowly. Allow adequate stopping distance because brake perf ...

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