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steering problems help

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 4x4k20, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. 4x4k20

    4x4k20 1/2 ton status

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    i have a 79 k30 with an 8 inch lift and a 86 k20 with a 2 inch lift .. both are making poping sounds when you turn the wheel from right to left mostly to the left when its pops i have looked and cant see whats doing it . i can see the left spring flexing a good bit . but i cant seem to find where the pop comes from . has anybody else had this problem that can tell me whats wrong? i am sure someone else has had this problem
     
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    sounds like balljoints but being as its a k30 it doesnt have any... could be some loose tie rod/ draglink ends...
     
  3. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Have you checked the frame behind the steering box? They like to make that sound as the box forces one piece of frame past the other...
     
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  5. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Have someone turn the wheels while you keep an eye on the frame where the steering box bolts on. My frame didn't appear cracked and i looked pretty good but when i had a friend turn the steering wheel i about crapped my pants when i seen the steering box pull away from the frame almost 2 inches. :yikes:
     
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    Plus if you do this you will see what is wrong if not the frame.
    It could be a spring centering pin that is sheared and the axel is moving back and forth on the spring.
     
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    Check the pitman arm.I had one come loose and it stripped...
     
  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I also had noise coming from a pitman. It was the Superlift pitman from ORD, when I installed it I cranked that bolt for all I was worth but still wasn't happy with the spline depth/engagement or how the thread engagement on the nut. When I swapped my Alcan's under the truck I was also checking everything else for loose, missing or busted and noticed the lock washer on the pitman arm nut was not compressed anymore. :doah:

    I got about 4 or 5 turns on that nut and now I'm satisfied the pitman arm is correctly seated.

    My theory is there may have been a burr on the splines on either the arm or the box not allowing full engagement (until it was driven for a while :crazy: )

    Anyways, my mystery clunk is gone now.

    Rene
     

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