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steering problem

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 85k5blzr, May 13, 2001.

  1. 85k5blzr

    85k5blzr 1/2 ton status

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    I want to know what you all think is the problem/how to fix....I have a gap so to say in my steering where i can move my steering wheel about 1/5 of a turn and nothing happens. It feels like the gap inbetween two gear teeth. For instance if i take a corner, i have to turn 1/5 of a turn before it actually turns the wheels, but there will only be the gap again if i turn the opposite direction. I also get a lot of side to side movement on the freeway or just on regular roads. I know my tie rod is in good shape and i had my alignment done. I also have a rancho steering stabilizer. I was thinking that all of this was just movement in between gear teeth in the gearbox. When i try to turn the wheel in the "gap", the steering arm does not move, i have checked that. I heard there was a way to tighten up the worm gear, i was wondering if this would fix the problem.

    85 k5 blazer with an old 305....must have more power! [​IMG]
     
  2. 90K5

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    You can adjust the steering box with the nut on top. I'd guess right=tight?.......also check for wear on the draglink

    90K5

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  3. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Check the pitman arm. Sometimes the splines can get stripped and the arm will move when the wheel is turned. I have stripped the splines in the pitman arm after hitting a curb side ways before. Either tighten the bolt on the pitman arm or replace it for a new one. Do this ONLY if its moving. This is a rare occurance, so, check that out.

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  4. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Don't know if this has been covered or not but crank the bolts holding the box to the frame!!!!!!!!

    "My blazer may be slow, but it goes faster at higher speeds"

    Jim
     
  5. 73Jimmy

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    Three things to check:

    The lash in the steering box.. there was a 5/8's keeper nut on the top of mine with about a 3/16's allen head screw in the center. Back off the keeper nut and give the allen screw a 1/4 turn to the right. Tighten
    the keeper nut and test drive. I had to do mine twice to get the slack out. Leave just a little slack, you don't want any binding. Mine drives good now.

    The frame where the steering box connects.. mine was cracked! ORD makes a great repair kit that can
    be welded into place by your local body shop. Look closely.. I missed mine the first time I looked, but my
    steering wheel would be at a different orientation every time I came back from an off-road adventure,
    that was my clue.

    The "drag link".. this connects your left front wheel to your steering gear. Jack up the left front tire and
    with your hands at 3 and 9 oclock, wiggle the tire as hard as you can back and forth.. you shouldn't
    have much slack here!

    Good luck!

    73 Jimmy
     
  6. DMK

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    My 87 did this, draglink was shot.
     
  7. BlazinRojo

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    I have this same problem with my 83. I know it is not due to the tie rods or drag link (just replaced with new MOOG parts). I hope to fix the problem with a new AGR steering box with a variable ratio. Hopefully I can reduce the problem and the number of turns lock to lock at the same time.

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