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steering wheel play

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hammermachine, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    Does anybody know how to tighten up the steering on at K5. The wheel feels real loose.
     
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    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Loose as in WHERE? The tilt loose, the wheel loose, the steering loose? Need a little bit more of a description.
     
  3. hammermachine

    hammermachine 1/2 ton status

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    It's loose up and down ( not a big deal) but as you drive it feels losse/ worn. It feels like you could over correct very easy. I don't know how to explain it any better, sorry.
     
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    Sounds like your tie rod ends or maybe your drag link ends need replacing.
     
  5. obijuan

    obijuan 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    get under there and shake everything to see if anythings loose. i had a problem like that where i would sway on the highway, over time i replaced the box, pump, rag joint, stabilizers, hoses, fluids and it has only about 30 mins. (in time degrees whatever) at the top. when i replaced the rag joint supprisingly changed it alot.
     
  6. 79Beast

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    Lay under the front of the truck and have someone slowly rock the steering wheel 1/2 turn left to 1/2 turn right. Look for where the play is. Most common spots are in the drag link ends and where the pitman arm is bolted to the sector shaft.
     
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    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    Also don't forget to check the rag joint.

    After new tie rod ends, drag link ends, rag joint and steering box, my steering was still loose. I ended up having to tighten up the steering box. It was a reman unit from O'Reilly's. It's still not as tight as I would like it, but hell, it was only $125.
     
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    thats why i installed this
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    I wonder how noticeable the difference is between a (new) rag joint and U joint.
     
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    Do you have a tilt steering column?:rolleyes:
     
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    I went from a rag joint that was in reasonably good condition (not much slop) rag joint shaft to a dual u-joint shaft. I also did a steering brace and a slight box preload adjustment (you have to be really careful not to get it too tight, or it could lock up on you - in the middle of an off-ramp, perhaps, crash and burn). I went from over an inch of play to very little, mostly sidewall flex. Like a previous poster wrote, get a helper to turn the steering wheel back and forth, and get underneath and look for the slop.

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    how hard was it to install the steering shaft?
     
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    I put a flaming river shaft and u-joint setup in mine and it made a difference. everything else was new from when I went crossover.
     
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    mine came from a xj. cheeps have some good parts like that steering shaft!!LOL it bolted right up.
     

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