Hey everyone, my 90 model Z71's steering is sort of 'dead' at the top of the
wheel, whereas it seems to float a little before moving the truck to one
side or the other; i replaced the idler arm and pitman arm(?) on it, but it
still feels vague, but on the older solid axle chevys there was an
adjustment on the steering box, it looks like the same star shaped adjuster
on it, will it adjust the steering tighter, if so, how can i do it?
Thanks in advance
This one is a bit tricky:
So be careful!
Loosen up the lock nut on the adjuster, and turn in the adjuster one eighth
to a quarter turn, and lock the jam nut again.
Check at the outside of the wheel, after you've turned the wheels side to
side a few times. Center the wheels, and you should have a bit more than an
inch of play from center with a 15 inch steering wheel, and if it's 16 or
17 inches, 1.5 inches to 2 inches play at the outside of the wheel.
With the engine running, and the wheels perfectly centered. Before making
any adjustments, I suggest you get someone to move the wheel with the engine
running, see if there is any play in the tie rods, the steering box is
moving in relation to the frame or the rag joint is frayed or broken.
I hope this helps?
Has it always been like this?
My last two trucks, a '02 and an '04 were also like this.
I put together some custom alignment specs for the '04 here, and
had a local alignment shop set up the front end for me. It's A LOT
I'm running +4.5 caster, -0.2 camber, and 0 toe.
Stock specs call for an uneven alignment to account for the crown
of the road. The problem is that around here the crown is very
inconsistant. The camber of the road is always changing, so the
stock specs are no good.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.