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How come everytime i go fourwheeling.....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Impex, Jan 14, 2001.

  1. Impex

    Impex 1/2 ton status

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    My steering wheel gets crooked? ill start the trip and the steering wheel will be in the perfect position, but at the end of the trip it will be off like the drag link needs to be adjusted. What is causing this? I have an ORD steering brace on. Should i maybe tighten up my steering box? (Its about a 3 month old rebuilt one) I do know that my steering stabilizer is shot, its leaking oil over the driveway.

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  2. Grim-Reaper

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    You need to take some good looks at you truck....something it loose. My truck was doing that and the ORD Brace cured it all. If the brace isn't fixing it the start looking for loose or missing rivits in the frame. My truck seemed to blow a few out on the front cross members. Also retorq your spring u-bolts with the weight of the truck on the axles. If the axles were shifting on the purches it could throw off your steering center.

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  3. Impex

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    Grim,
    Thanks for the info ill look in to it. One more thing to note i took my truck out to go and get it washed and i noticed something with the steering. When i make a big turn right like at an intersection my steering wheel will center perfect. But when i turn left (after the steering wheel is perfectly centered) it will go crooked again. THis is the first time i noticed this and this is also my 2nd time taking my truck out 4x4ing and the hardest i have done out of the 2 times.

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    Yeah mine was doing that also before I bought the ORD Brace. A good bit of it I traced to missing or loose rivits. Most of the broken ones I found was on the passenger side. I also found a busted and loose one where the motor mount bracket attaches to the cross member and frame. I had to take a floor jack and a 2x4 to lift up the mount to get it all lined back up. Now I had wrote most of that off to knowing form some damage I have found that my truck had been in a serious wreck and had the frame straightend. Now I'm having doubts that it was all due to that.
    I think your going to find some simular issues. What to look for is where the frame and cross member intersect you may find a indication that the two have some slop. Also take some plyers and try to turn the rivits. If it moves at all it's loose and you probably want to drill a hole through the head and take a cold chisle and pop the head off and replace it with a bolt. I have about 6 that I have drilled out or fell out and I replaced in the front. I have been using Grade 8 3/8s bolts with Grade 8 washers on both sides as a replacement. I had some concern the 8's would be prone to fracture but so far I haven't lost a single one. Most of the different return posistion was gone after I found those. The ORD brace fixed the last of the Hard Wheeling crooked issue.
    I have also had a couple of times over the last couple of years that the truck would start feeling loose on the street and found the U-Bolts on the springs had loosened up some and retorqing cured the issue.

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  5. azjimmy

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    I'd have to guess your U-bolts are getting loose, my '76 did the same thing until I put the new u-bolts in. Good luck! Pat

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    I would suggest checking the steering box bolts again.I've had the same problem with mine.The guy I bought it from was pretty lousy at actually tightening bolts after he worked on something.It turned out that the bolts holding the steering box to the frame were loose.I tightened them and since they had been loose for a while they would come loose again and again.I finally had to replace the bolts and put a bunch of Loctite on them.It's worked so far.

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    What is the common recommended torque for the ubolts?
    The lift kit I have says 110 to 120 and the Haynes manual says 150 if I remember correctly. Anybody? Its time for me to re-check my torques on the new lift. I've finally got my first 100 miles. or is it 200? LOL!!

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    Hey everybody thanks for you replies i fixed the problem i torqued my Ubolts down to 105lbs (they were really loose) and i torqued my gearbox down to 75lbs.(per Haynes) And that fixed my problem i did not check my cross member because it started to get cold outside. but i will tomorrow if it does not rain.

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