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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2001, 07:19 PM
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Free play in the steering

When I bought tires last summer, the alignment was corrected and the steering was tight (no free play) when driving.

Now it seems that I have a lot of free play in the steering [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]. What causes this? Is there a worn or broken part I can check? Does anyone know what I am talking about? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

The power steering is still working well and not leaking to my knowledge.

Thanks in advance for you help.

Al [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

'87 Jimmy 4X4 2.8L [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2001, 11:12 AM
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Re: Free play in the steering

You will need help with this.. Have person move sterring wheel back and fourht while running and you look under the front.. Look at the rod ends on the steering both ends.. You are looking for any play however small.. Replace if needed.. Also look at the pitman arm and idler arm while moving the steering.. Get a Haynes or FSM to help you with the replacement.. Verry easy to do and cost a lot less than taking it in.. Get MOOG parts if you can find them because you wont have to do this again.. If none of those are the prob then look under the hood at the steering shaft coming out of the firewall.. The joint in the shaft is another location that wares out on body lifted vehicles..

-Troy '<font color=red>WeaZle</font color=red>' McCarty

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