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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2004, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Stiff steering

It's been a small problem since I bought this, but it's getting worse.
The steering is very stiff, and the column groans while turning. Everything is stock, tire size is 215/75 15's (I believe, I'll check when I leave work).
Just curious what and where I need to lubricate things on the steering system to free it up some. I had to parallel park this morning and had a tough time with the thing, even though sammy's aren't that terrible to parellel park. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Thanks for any help.
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Re: Stiff steering

The groan is probably the bearing in the firewall where the steering comes through. Just get some grease and squirt it up in there. I don't think it would stiff steering though. Maybe but try it. You may need some lube in the box too. Also see if anything looks bent. Jim
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Re: Stiff steering

This may sound like a stupid question, but...




You do realize that there is no power steering in these things, right?
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Re: Stiff steering

This is stupid simple.....make sure you have enough air in your tires. If you're mostly onroad no reason not to run 20 psi or more.
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Re: Stiff steering

Yea, I know these don't have power steering. The 87 soft top I used to have had much easier steering than this one does. The tires stay at their rated 35 PSI, but their due for a change here soon with some new 235/75's.
I'll take a look at the bearings at the firewall, and where do I add lube to the steering box? I looked at it the other day and couldn't see anyplace for fluid or a grease zerk, but it's covered in dirt and grime, so maybe that's why.
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Re: Stiff steering

SQuirt the place where the steering column passes through the firewall. grease up the litte U joint, too.

There is a cap on the top of the steering box. it may be mostly obscured by the radiator support. If the box is caked real good with crud then you probably have a leak.

When I got my sami about 3.5 years ago it did the same thing you mention. After greasing up the steering shaft I discovered the steering box was bone dry... all the gear lube ran out long before I got it. I poured in some more and kept it topped off and the groaning went away until I replaced the box.

There's also an adjuster screw on the box for steering slop.

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Re: Stiff steering

my 87 tin top did the same thing it was a bent steering stabl
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Re: Stiff steering

Thanks Daxe, I'll pull it in to the garage tonight and take a look at it.
I've got some left over gear oil from when I changed the transmission oil, is that alright to use? If not, what's recommended?
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