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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2000, 03:15 PM
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Steering, headache?

My front end is fine, ball joints, all steering parts and its aligned? Now, I didn't notice a big difference in steering untill I drove my friends bronc?

He told me to tighten the "box" down 1/2 turn each time, bleed the system, drive and keep going till it fixed the problem.

I did this last night and it tightened up everything really nice. The only problem is the first 1/4 inch left and right feels like there is nothing there? I checked everything, again, had my bud turn the wheel while I looked and it all looks/feels tight?



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Re: Steering, headache?

It sounds like you're noticing the effect of high aspect ratio tires that are good for off-raoding. Look at the low aspect ratio tires on Mustangs and Corvettes and you'll understand. When you turn the wheel, assuming all the steering linkage is perfect, the rim turns. But the tread of the tire is only connected to the rim by the sidewalls. So if they're tall (like a 31x10.50R15 : tire 31", rim 15"; sidewalls 8" each), they flex while the inertia of the truck carries it straight. After a moment, the sidewalls flex as much as they can and start pulling the truck around the curve. That's the delay you feel and it's why sports cars have rims almost the size of the tire.

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Yeah, that is what I thought, however its not a "swaying" feeling. When I am driving straight down the road, I can rest my finger on the wheel and it "flops" left or right and then gets tight when I use more pressure to get past that point?


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Re: Steering, headache?

The situation I described doesn't result in sway, but a delay in steering function. What you're describing now sounds like slop in the steering shaft (maybe in the tilt u-joint if you have tilt) or the rag joint (immediately above the steering box under a plastic shield).

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