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Signs of a dying steering box????

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Can Can, May 24, 2001.

  1. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yesterday I noticed that if I turn my steering wheel quickly back and forth about an eigth of a turn I can hear a little "knock-knock" coming from the front of the truck. My whole front end is new, and the sound seems to coming from the steering box. Other than the knock, the box works great, although I have a small bit of play that the front end rebuild didn't eliminate.

    I was wondering if this is a common condition and what the cause could be. Does a steering box that's on the way out give any sign that she's about to die?



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    That noise you hear might be coming from the steering shaft. Sometimes they get some slop in them and make a little noise.

    '78 K5 SB400, T350, NP203, 35" Swampers
     
  3. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I assume the steering shaft is the the square bar the goes into the top of the box(connected to the steering wheel). How does a guy go about eliminating that slop or adjusting the tension?

    Anything else it could be?




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    Could it be the frame popping in and out or flexing? I get the same thing, and my frame's been welded already. I'm afraid to do anything with her until I get the steering brace in. Remember, you're putting a lot of stress on the frame in that spot when turning the wheels at a dead stop. You don't feel it with the power steering, but the box down feels it...
    Could also be a ball joint?
    Yes, the shaft is the bar that goes from the top of the box to the steering wheel (firewall). I couldn't tell ya if it's adjustable, but there is a joint right below the firewall, a single bolt above the bell-shaped object on the shaft. Maybe that can be adjusted or tightened?
    What was in the rebuild? All new balljoints and steering system balljoints?

    Ratch
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I got my upper aand lower ball joints done on both sides, as well as tie rods done on my connector arm. The sound is definitely not coming from any of the steering components- I got my neighbor to turn the wheel back and forth about a hundred times while I got under the truck and checked everything out closely(man, did he feel stupid[​IMG]!!!!!!!!!)

    The sound sure sounded like it was coming from INSIDE the steering box. Like I mentioned before, there's no play in the wheel, but I still wander a little bit while I drive down the road. Maybe the box is wearing out and the sound I'm hearing is some internal clearance(wear) that's not supposed to be there?



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    Maybe lash? The adjuster on the top of the box would take care of that, but don't mess with it til you figure out if that's it. There is a slip-joint (the bell-shaped thing) in the shaft. Maybe that's making noise or causing the shaft to do something?
    I'm out of thoughts (overstatement). Good luck!!

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    My K10 is making a clunking noise too. I also have replaced everything but the steering box. So I am almost positive it is coming from the steering gear.

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    A sign of a dying steering box?

    44's

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    Check your bolts. I had a clicking noise coming from the steering box. I thought it was the box, but it was only a year old. So I had my wife turn the steering wheel back and forth so I can get underneath and look around. It turned out to be the front bolt was loose just enough to move. I tightened it and I don't have anymore noise. It could be the easy. That would be very good.
     
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    It could be that joint that goes from the shaft to the box (rag joint?) my friend's broke in half on his S10, and you had to move the steering wheel a whole lot before anything happened til we replaced it. It was $103 for that stupid thing though[​IMG]

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