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Old 09-17-2013, 07:04 AM
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Default Steering Play 3-4" each way...

Hi all, new here and not at all a mechanic... I have about 3-4 inches of play in my steering wheel each way. So first I got a steering stabilizer bar put on and that did not help at all, next I put on a new steering gear which also was no help.. so as of right now I am tired of putting money into it with no result to the main problem I am trying to fix, any ideas? 1997 Dodge RAM 1500 4WD 5.2L. Thanks and let me know if I need to add anything. Also sorry if this has already been posted on another thread, I couldn't find it...
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Have you check the steering linkages for movement or play? Look at the steering box and the shaft from the steering wheel connect? May be a bad flex joint on the shaft
or a bad gear inside the box....
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Check near the steering box for cracks in the frame. Also, have someone turn the wheel while you look for play in the steering. Could be a combination of a few worn parts.
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If you replaced the gear box (new not JY correct?), then I would lean towards the tie rods needing to be replaced....You may also look at the track bar, it could be worn also and cause the axle to shift when turning...
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