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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-09-2004, 06:05 PM
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97 K1500 Steering Woes

I just had the pitman and idler arms on my 97 K1500 pickup replaced. Items to note are truck has ~80K on it and I've been running 265/75R16 BFG AT KO's for about 40k miles. There was tons of slop in the steering before that is now gone; however, now the steering is somewhat jerky. Hard to explain, it's like it takes extra effort to get the tire moving, but when they're started the boost is OK. Mechanic did mention it needed an alignment, but not from the work he did. Truck has never been aligned, so it is probably due. Could this just be an alignment issue, or is there something else that could need fixing now that the linkage is tight?

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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

If the truck has never been aligned, and the camber/castor are out, you're going to have to have the knockouts taken out beforehand. I'm not sure about the whole "hard to turn" part. I suppose it could be a problem in your power steering, but it also might be the fact that you aren't used to the steering being tight.
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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

check your ps fluid. look into the EVO sensor
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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

Do you mean level or quality of fluid? I think the level is fine but will double check. Will the EVO sensor throw a code if malfunctioning?

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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

the level of the fluid. as for the EVO, its a sensor that senses the speed of the truck and adjusts the tension on the steering wheel. when that goes out, the steering gets goofy...stiff during a turn..then it loosens up, and craziness like that. Kinda like the truck has a mind of its own. anyway, its located in the steering column and costs about $50 at the dealer.

no it will not set a code. not to my knowledge anyway.
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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

So how often do these EVO sensors wear out? I already had that replaced once (truck is 6.5 years old with 80k miles). Dealer did it then, is it easy to replace yourself? My problem is time to do this stuff.

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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

not a clue
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Re: 97 K1500 Steering Woes

I think '97 was the first year they had those EVO sensors. So since it's the first model year with a new toy they're bound to go bad from time to time.

Kind of heard this from "a friend of a friend" but I understand this is common item to go out on the full-sizes from '97--'98. I wish someone would make a hardier unit if this is the case...
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