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Ive got a 73 k5 and have lots of play in the steering any

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kwcdawgfan, Feb 11, 2001.

  1. kwcdawgfan

    kwcdawgfan Registered Member

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    ideas on what is causing this... My tie rods were worn out so I replaced all of them hoping it would solve the problem but no luck... If ive got my had at 12 clock on the wheel the tires dont start turning till I am between 1-2 or 11-10... Ive got power steering and of course 4x4... Also checked the bolts on the power steering and they were tight... Any suggestions??
     
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    let me start off by sayin' "i don't know" Here are some ideas..fluid full? Time for a new steering stabilizer? ps pump slipping some?
    D.
     
  3. kwcdawgfan

    kwcdawgfan Registered Member

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    I replaced the steering stablizer when I did the tie rods and the fluid is fine... Have a feeling its going to need a new steering pump
     
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    It is most lickly slop/warn gearbox. A 73 would have some wear over the years you can adjust them to make them better or think about replacing it.



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  5. dyeager535

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    Check the "rag joints" in the steering column to gear box for wear. If thats not the case, check the "drag link" (adjustable piece that hangs off the pitman arm) and se if thats worn. My dads has play, mostly turning the wheel to the right, and its the drag link joints are worn out.

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    KWC, On my '72 the suspension bracket on the drivers side was loose and allowing a ton of play. Funny how that all works. With your engine off, but the key in the on position (unlocking your steering lock) have someone work the steering wheel back and forth and watch the front left bracket for movement relative to the chassis. If you see this, e-mail me and I'll let you know how I resolved it.
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  7. 73Jimmy

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    Did you check the frame at the steering box for cracks?

    I kept reading about the cracking problem on this board and
    decided to look for it on my rig because I had a lot of play
    in my steering. (This was after a new draglink and wheel alignment.)

    Only the top strap of the frame was left! The bottom and
    the side were cracked through!

    Good luck,
    73Jimmy
     
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    My 87 was doing the same thing. It was the drag link ends. Replaced them, truck now drives like new. Very easy job.
     
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    I also had the same problem. I replaced the gear box

    and what a difference it made the truck is like new I found one at a auto parts

    store and paid about 200.00. Hope this helps

    Bo
     
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    hey man! i had the same problem with my 85
    fisrt i tightend up the u joints, that helped, then i got DUAL steering stablizers from roughcountry [90$] and that helped a TREMENDOUS ammount. still has a little bit of play, but i can deal. then i have heard the ORD steering box brace helps a lot too.

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