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Loose Steering

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 90K5Blazer, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. 90K5Blazer

    90K5Blazer Registered Member

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    What can I do to "tighten up" my steering? It is so bad I can't hardly keep it in one lane! Already changed gearbox. Need advice on next step.
    Mark
     
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    You'd probably have to tear down the column and either rebuild it or get a new one. I've heard opening up the column is a big job hto. Maybe some new rod ends or whatever you have for joints.
     
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    I had what sounds like the samae prob. I changed gearbox, cheched shimms, steering stablizers, everything i could think of then I tried a friends tires on. and that did it. I had "rag" tires ... not Bias ply. Put new tires on ... and BAM .. steering was fixed ... just another thought hope it helps /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Don't overlook front wheel bearings that are worn out or the locking nut has worked loose. That can give you squirrely steering. Worn tie rod ends, too. In fact, most any front end components, both steering and suspension, can wear and give you excess play in the steering.
     
  5. 90K5Blazer

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    I have checked the wheel bearings and the tie rod ends and other steering linkage seem to feel tight. I have also tried 3 different sets of tires, but with no change. I guess its time to look into a new steering column. Does anyone know where I can get one or how much I am looking at? Thanks for the advice!
    Mark
     
  6. creampuff90k5

    creampuff90k5 1/2 ton status

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    Mark,

    Before you do anything else, I suggest that you check that the bolt & nut holding the pitman arm to the steering box is T-I-G-H-T.

    I installed a new steering box not too long ago and had the frame repair plates welded in at the same time and when finished, I was more than a little disapointed - hardly any improvement. Turns out the pitman arm bolt assembly was not tight enough and the shaft was slipping a bit inside the arm!

    Can't imagine how it wasn't tight enough b/c I am a real big guy and threw alot of muscle at it, but it was indeed loose. Anyway, after using wrenches, vice grips, and a BIG engineering hammer, the connection is super-tight now and the steering literally feels like new - no play whatsoever. I have my original column, by the way, with over 200k on the clock. So have somebody wiggle the wheel while you check out the pitman arm. Might save some $$$.
     
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    Check the RAG joint on the steering column. Also known as the coupler. You can get it almost anywhere, pep boys auto zone Napa.
     

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