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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sloppy Steering!!

I've a '76 K-5, stock, with 32-11.5's. I have about 4" of play in the steering and it "wanders" from goove to groove on the highway. I am planning on lifting it 4" and running 35's somewhere around january'ish, but with winter comming up I am a bit concerned. When the engine is off, just turning the steering wheel back and forth, there doesn't seem to be any wheel movement, just the 3-4" of play in the steering wheel. The ball joings seem solid as well, can't produce any noticeable movement when vehicle is jacked up. Perhaps I have a bad box? I have checked for cracks in the frame, but none are apparent. If not the box, do I just need to replace steering arm, tie-rods, etc? Any idea's or tips are much appreciated!!!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 11:40 PM
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YEAP, i guess its just a part of chevy, might be a bad steering box support, see if its rusted really bad around the box, might be flexin around in there, or your steering shaft that goes from the firewall to the box, might have worn out u-joints on the shaft, might want to look into a heavy duty unit, im kinda going to bed right now, its in four wheeler mag, they have em in there, oh well hope this info helps you alitle bit.
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Re: Sloppy Steering!!

have someone turn the wheel for you and look at your pitman arm. Mine wsa loose and it ended up destroying all of the teeth on the arm and sector shaft of the box. I also had loose u bolts holding the axle to the springs. This caused the center pins in the springs to sheer. This in turn caused the whole axle to shift back and forth causing even more play.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2002, 11:12 AM
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when you drive down the hiway is your steering wheel centered or off to the side?
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