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Steering box slop

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, May 26, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    I'm trying to trouble shoot my sloppy steering and I noticed that at the box itself not the steering wheel. When I twist the steering shaft (correct name?) there is about 1/2 -3/4 of an inch play before the shaft will not move anymore. This is without the tires moving. Is my steering box dying on me? Can you rebuild them? What does a new one cost?

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    Check the joint that goews from the steering box to the shaft. they can go bad, and are prettty expensive to fix though...considering what it is...around $100

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    I checked the joint and it's actually inside the box itself. I can hear fluid sloshing around inside.

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    I tightened the lash in the box on my 73. That finally solved my slop problem.

    There is a 5/8's lock nut around a 3/16 (I think..) allen head screw. Back off the
    lock nut, give the screw a 1/4 clockwise turn. Re-tighten lock nut and test drive.
    I had to do mine twice but I had about 4" of slop in my steering wheel.

    I also had a cracked frame at the steering box, the ORD repair kit fixed that.
    But I still had the steering slop. This lash adjustment finally got the steering right.

    Good luck,
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    I have already checked the frame and I know thats not the problem... Do you by any chance have a pic of the lock nut you are talking about? If not...which part of the steering box is the nut located? Thanks!

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    73jimmy's on it. But I would strongly sugjest, taking it very easy on the adjment, alittle goes along ways. Too tight, will cause a very tight box with poor return to center, and possibly cause it to bind and exsesive wear. So take it easy and test drive it safely. I've never adj one on a K5, but I have on my manual steering camaro, and like I said, a little will go along ways.

    The lock nut and allen head stud are on top, and easily seen from the engine bay.

    Just to make sure, was the engine running when you checked for steering gear play? It will make a difference. Did you check the drag links?- Just to make sure all the bases have been covered. (I don't know how you came to the possible steering gear problem, so I thought I might throw those out too)

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    I tried it with the engine on and off. I have checked the drag links and they appear to be fine. They do have some build up but I do not believe it is interfering with the steering.

    I'm going to adjust the lock nut this morning. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.

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    Hey Hey... It worked!! Took me a few times... I actually overtightened it the frist time. But now it feels great. Thanks for the heads up!

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