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Binding steering in 4x4

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by OFFRDK5, Feb 24, 2001.

  1. OFFRDK5

    OFFRDK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Since this is my first real off road vehicle I am still doing some testing so I know how things work so when I get out there in the boon docks I ain't fuct. I never put it in 4x4 in town. I did this morning. Drove fine until I got to slower speeds. It seems at some places the steering wheel just wouldn't turn without alot more pressure than normal. I checked the ps fluid and belts, fine. I have a govlock in the back. Is there one in the front too? I can't really descibe the feel...other than like the tire was rubbing...but they are stock. Nothing really seems out of place. Can some just say "Duh you idiot!" and give me a CHEAP fix? Or is this normal? Tankies.

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    I had the same kind of feeling on mine. It felt like the steering would just stick sometimes. Check both ends of the drag link, you'll need to pull it. Make sure they are well lubbed and have full motion, put on new boots. Mine has never given me any trouble since. I did all this when I put in my 4" lift and a drop arm. That's my story at least.

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    Just what exactly are govlocks anyway??

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    Basically Govlock=CRAP! It is about the same thing as a loc right except weaker.

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    <font color=blue>The reason it bound up was because you were in 4WD on pavement. The front wheels have to turn slower than the rear when steering and the transfer case sends equal power to the front and the rear in 4WD. Its the same thing as having a spool in the rear, the inside tire has to spin slower but it cant so it hops and chirps. I think it says somewhere on the glovebox not to put it in 4WD on hard dry surfaces.</font color=blue>

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    Uhhhh don't do that anymore.
    Good way to destroy lots of parts.
    4wd is for loose/low traction surfaces only. That way if you get drive line bind like when you need to turn, a wheel can slip. Your tires couldn't slip thats why you couldn't steer.

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    Thanks peoples...now about the gov-lock. I know there is one in the back, but what about the front? And when I change my gears out and maybe put a real locker in what am I going to have to change out?

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    Hey Nick,

    How hard do you 'wheel it? The Gov-Lok isn't all bad (remember some people can break anthything). All the CUCV M1009 (blazers) had them and I've only seen one break (since 1986), and I KNOW how he did that! They were only available in the rear (AFAIK). But if your going to go through the expense to change gears I would think about something else.

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