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Steering Gremlins

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fr8train, Dec 12, 2000.

  1. fr8train

    fr8train 1/2 ton status

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    Ok I went over to a buddies dorm yesterday and looked at her steering wheel. She got a shop to put in a custom Grant over the summer. Now her wheel isnt "zeroed". We tried to reinstall the wheel and it just looks the same no matter what. The truck will track stright like its supposed too. And we cant really tell if its the wheel install hub or steering. All the bolts and linkages seemed tight and I re-torqued them with a torque wrench to spec. I kinda want to get an opinion before we go and spend money on an alignment.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    was it zeroed when it got put in originally? how much is it off now? if it is only off by a small amount then an alignment should zero it back again. if it is off quite a bit then you need to have it checked anyway just my .02

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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    You can adjust the 'centering' of the wheel with the drag link. Loosen the collar bolts and then use a pipe wrench to rotate the collar one way or the other to get the wheel straight, then tighten the collar bolts.

    Rene

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  4. Cmoe

    Cmoe 1/2 ton status

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    Check the frame to make sure the frame hasn't cracked around the steering box that is one of the signs to check if you wheel is off like that! Look around the out side and the inside of the frame for cracks.

    C'moe

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    Yeah, these guys are right. If the "center" position of the steering wheel is changing, it could be that the steering box needs to be braced or the frame repaired. It could also be that there is a loose steering component somewhere. Check tie rod ends, drag link ends, ball joints, the "rag joint" and wheel bearings.

    "If it aint broke...Make it work better!"
     

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