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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by RESTORE89, Jul 31, 2001.

  1. RESTORE89

    RESTORE89 1/2 ton status

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    in the past 6 months have replaced near all the front end parts
    tie rods and ends
    steering stabilizer
    shocks
    sway bar bushings
    front end alignment
    new wheels and tires
    and the truck now seems a little squirely, and i noticed the steering shaft under the hood had play at the columning connection, so i replaced bearing and outer bushing only to find they were perfectly fine, and the guys who did my alignment left the nut off the steering wheel and the shaft had slipped down. figured this out when the steering got funny and the blinker shutoff started acting funny at the same time. now to the question
    what should i look for as a cause of this sloppiness??
    when driving about 15-20 i make some small turns left to right and the truck just feels "weird"
    and don't anyone one tell me to not make small left to right turns. LOL
    guy say to doc, "it hurts when I...." doc says "well then don't..."


    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Are you sure the frame is not cracked around the steering box????????

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    Are the new tires bigger than the old tires?

    Keep it simple!
     
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    RESTORE89 1/2 ton status

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    positive about frame, put the wheel against the curb and got ny buddy to turn wheel as i check and no movement at the gear box or frame, and the tires are the same size, besides this started a little while after the tires not immediately if that makes a difference?


    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    If you have radials. Move the left one to the right one and see if that helps. It is called radial were. The first tires on my Blazer were those. I switched tires and the problem went away.........Dan

    If it ain't broke.......Don't fix it....
     
  6. Can Can

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    There could be some play in your ball joints that's affecting your toe-in.............turning the wheel puts stress on the ball joints and any play will result in wandering and constant misalignment.



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    even with new tires???
    and i also repalcesd the ball joints. how to check if the new ones could be bad besides just trying to wiggle???


    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Jack up the truck and pull back and forth on the top and bottom of the tire. The movement may be subtle so it's best to get someone to help you. Watch for any play in the ball joints- as far as I know, any play is bad..............

    Your problem could also be bad wheel bearings, too.



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    Yes just swap the the two front tires.....Dan

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    What about packing the wheel bearings!

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    i am getting a strange growling sound when i slow down in a curve, like when exiting the freeway. I had forgotten about that, until you said wheel bearings.
    you guys do not talk about anything cool until tommorrrow, it is way late on the east coast and i have to go to bed before colorado K5 is listed in a divorce.
    I will jack the truck up in the AM and wiggle and swap, then i will even see if i can locate my front end problem, LOL
    thanks
    later


    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
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    i say frame is cracked im doing mine right know and theres only one crack you can see all the other i couldnt find tell i wire wheeled the whole thing for like a hour and i had hardly any movement around box but i kept hearing a poping noise
    jsut my 2 cents

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    i'm thinking wheel bearings, especially because of the growling noise. Jack the front end up and start wiggeling stuff, spin stuff, basically move everything that should move, and try to move stuff that shouldn't.

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    I would say to first check the wheel bearings, and also check to see if your drag link is worn.

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    Well, if you have no movement at the gearbox, but do at the wheel, as you say, then you've got a stereing shaft/column problem. Did you look at the top of the steering box, to see if the input shaft (column to steering wheel connection) is actually moving without the wheels moving, or is the "intermediate shaft" (piece that connects the steering box to column) damaged? That rubber/fiber connector could be shot as well.

    But if the pitman arm isn't moving when the steering wheel is, obviously its nothing in the suspension/steering components, EXCEPT everything "before" the pitman arm.

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