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Mac 07-04-2013 04:32 PM

steering gearbox play
Hey everyone,
I have some slop in my steering, enough to make me uncomfortable on the interstate. It has oversized tires but just barely, and no lift kit. I checked and the ball joints and tie rods look good. and I replaced the steering damper about a year ago. So my question is; how much play should there be where the steering column enters the gear box? I can twist mine at least 45 degrees before anything happens at the tires. Just for kicks I adjusted the box (loosened the nut on top and tightened the allen screw inside the nut). Turned it in about a full turn and it helped, but only some. If I go any further the wheels won't self-center after a turn. Time for a new gear box? Would grabbing one from a salvage yard be a waist of time?
Thanks, and happy 4th!

Mac 07-04-2013 04:35 PM

Oops, wrong forum. Sorry guys :4-dontknow:

SOFpirate 07-07-2013 02:05 PM

I would look at the bushings on the ends. The OEM ones after a while tend to wear out. I suggest replacing them with nylon washers or something that doesn't give.

nepats1992 07-24-2013 07:26 PM

Also, check your Pitman Arm. My 95 had a similar problem, and that's what caused it. They're relatively inexpensive as well.

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