The play in my steering wheel was about 3-4 inches on each side of
center. I replaced the steering gear with a rebuilt from Advanced and
now the play is about 1 inch on each side of center. I was expecting
it to be like factory new after replacing the steering box but was
disappointed. Does anybody know where other common sources of play
might be that I can inspect fro and correct. Also, when the trucks
were new, were they tight or were they always a little loose. I can't
imagine anybody buying a truck new with loose steering.
On Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:21:14 -0700,
Are you sure th4e gearbox was correctly centered when you
installed it. If the steering is off center, it will have
more slack. Anothe common problem is the flex joint in the
column shaft or, if it has a tilt column, the play may be in
the upper joint which is also common. The tilt joint
requires a special tool which is not too awful hard to find.
Be sure to check your Pittman arm and idler which can have a
big effect. If you have a 4x4, make sure you check the
frame for cracking and the condition of the crossmember
rivits which were both an occasional problem. Loose worn
axle bushings are also a common problems with 4x4's.
On Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:21:14 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I went thru the same drill with an 86 Caprice. The rebuilt box helped
a lot but there are still a lot of other wear points that all provide
some amount of play, the ball joints, idler arm, tie rod ends, and
rubber bushings. It will never be like new unless all those parts are
replaced with new parts.
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