All Chevette and Pontiac 1000 models use rack and pinion steering which encloses the steering gear and linkage in one unit. Power steering was available in 1981.
Rotary motion of the steering wheel is converted into linear motion to turn the wheels by the meshing of the helical pinion with the teeth of the rack. The pinion and a major portion of the rack are encased in a die cast aluminum housing. Inner tie rod assemblies are threaded and staked to the rack. The inner tie rods contain a belleville spring-loaded ball joint which permits both rocking and rotating tie rod movement. The outer tie rods thread onto the inners and are held in position by jam nuts. Two convoluted boots are secured by clamps to the housing and inner tie rods to prevent the entrance of dirt. The rack and pinion assembly is secured to the front suspension crossmember with two clamps and bushings.
The energy absorbing steering column has a "smart" switch which operates the turn signals (up and down movement), the headlight dimmer switch (front and back movement), the windshield wipers (rotation) and the windshield washers (by pushing the lever into the column).