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Funky steering question on '89 Blazer

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by etr, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. etr

    etr Registered Member

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    Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Hi y'all,
    I'm new here, but will probably be back, since I bought a really, really nice '89 Blazer. It has a steering problem though, that I could use some advice on...driving on city streets and on the freeway, the steering does small random jerks from side to side. Not enough to really cause trouble, but they're annoying. The truck has a rebuilt steering box. So, I'm thinking rod ends, wheel bearings or ball joints. I could use help in how to trouble-shoot. What're the least expensive parts to replace first? What special K5 tools do I need to R&R myself? How much for a shop manual?
    Thanks in advance!
    Eric
     
  2. zcarczar

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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Does it have the auto-locking front hubs? Mine will do the same thing if I dont unlock them bu backing up 20 or so feet.
     
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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Is it lifted at all? Could just be a slight case of bump steer. Fill out your profile, that way it easier to see what you have and give suggestions. Oh yea welcome /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Check your tie-rod ends. That would be my first guess. Next guess would be rusty/stiff front axle u-joints.
    Haynes manual for your truck (73-87 pickup) about 15-20 bucks.
     
  5. jjlaughner

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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Same thing here, front auto hubs where trying to ingauge. Pulled hubs everything looked ok so I regreased them and reinstalled. Started driving and it done it again. So I kicked the 4wheel shifter a couple times it went away. Get someone to help and readjust the 4wheel shifter on the floor. Mine happened after dropping the body back on the frame with 1" blocks and new body bushings (about 2-2.5" of lift). Good luck. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Jeremiah
     
  6. imiceman44

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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Hey everyone seems to overlook the tires.
    I had a similar problem and after changing everything, I found that the tires had worn spots.
    Replaced them with new and no more problems.
    So check those too.
     
  7. etr

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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Thanks all, for your suggestions. So, I took delivery of the truck and while tanking up I checked the tire pressure. Doh! 45 psi in the fronts! What was the DPO thinking? Took it down to 30 psi and the problem has disappeared.
     
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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

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    Hey everyone seems to overlook the tires.
    I had a similar problem and after changing everything, I found that the tires had worn spots.
    Replaced them with new and no more problems.
    So check those too.


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    Yes, older tires tend to follow the grooves on the freeways. My motorcycle had a front tire getting worn, and everytime I rode on the freeway, the front tire would want to follow the grooves /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
     
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    Re: Funky steering question on \'89 Blazer

    Never fails, tires are always overlooked.
    Glad you found the problem.
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