The steering gear multiplies the turning force required to steer a vehicle. Converting the force of the driver turning the steering wheel and applying that force to the steering linkage which turn the front wheels of an automobile is the main purpose of the steering gear. An inspection must be done of the steering gear each time the tires or front end of the vehicle are aligned. Symptoms of a bad steering gear occur when different problems arise.
A worn steering gear will cause the automobile to wander or veer to one side when operated. The automobile will also pull to one side when the steering gear is excessively worn. Ensure that no other steering component is worn or damaged, such as the linkage or tie rods. Replacement of the steering gear is the only correction for this problem.