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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2000, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Steering woes

I'm having some probs with my steering on my Samurai. The only mods to the steering is a 3" dropped pitman arm. I was told the problem was my steering box, so I changed it. The steering is alot better, but I still have a problem. When I cut the steering wheel hard to the left(going slow or stopped), the steering (at speed) has alot of play to the left. Also does exactly the same if I turn the wheel hard to the right while stopped or moving slow. I've searched through my factory manual for answers, but don't know what to try next. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-11-2000, 08:40 AM
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Re: Steering woes

Well, there are relatively few things left to run down:
-Drag link joint at tie rod assembly.
-Tie rod ends (2).
-Trunion bearings aka kingpin bearings-- the ones that allow your wheels to turn/swing left & right. Jack a wheel up off of the ground & see if you can move the wheel up & down any.
-Wheel bearings--if the wheel will move up & down, check to see if the knuckle assembly is moving, or just the wheel/hub itself. If knuckle moves = trunion brgs. If hub moves = wheel brngs.
-Might wanna go ahead & lift the front end off of the ground, support the frame, and then let the front end hang loose. Then see if there is excessive lateral movement = leaf spring bushings.


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