So, I was working on my CS vert today. Put 2 new balljoints and 2 tie rod ends on it to fix a nasty clunk. All of them were worn to a degree, so I replaced them all.
Still had a nasty clunk when turning the steering wheel back and forth.
I got under the car while my girlfriend was moving the steering wheel and found that the rack and pinion bolts were loose where it bolts to the subframe.
Tightened them up, and now the clunk is gone, but the rear of the subframe moves side to side about 3/16" total when turning the steering wheel lock to lock.
I checked the rear subframe bolts with my Snap-on torque wrench and they are torqued to spec, at least 110 ft/lbs.
Could the spacers/retainers/bushings be worn? Or is the nut that sits in the unibody/floorpan supposed to move like that?