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Loosing steering!!

Discussion in 'Lifted & Off-Road Systems' started by damncajun, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. damncajun

    damncajun Junior Member

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    So I bought this 76 Blazer with a 4" lift and had wondering, flighty, loose steering. Mainly at the 12 o'clock position back and forth a couple of inches in each direction before the wheels would react to the steering wheel. I figured I need to replace a few parts and I could get it good as new. Well I've replace some major parts and it's still loose!!! Heres what I've done:
    Steering arm for 4" lift
    Adjustable drag link
    Reman LMC steering gear box
    Borgeson u-joint steering shaft (no more rag joint)
    Dual steering stabilizers

    What am I missing?!

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    Tie rod ends ?
     
  3. damncajun

    damncajun Junior Member

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    I assume they are ok. There's no play in them when I try and shake them.

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    Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you inspect the steering system. You could have worn rag joints, bad TREs (tie-rod ends), or bad ball joints. Do this with the engine off and engine running. IMO this is the best way to find worn steering parts.
     
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    Bout the only thing left in the steering. Did u have the weight off them when u checked them? I wouldnt think balljoints would give u those symptoms, but maybe:33:
     
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    Reckon I'll replace them and see what happens

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    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This exactly. Do this before replacing anymore parts.
     
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    Also, if the tow-in is way off, the truck will drive very screwy, similar to how you describe.
     
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    damncajun Junior Member

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    Is that adjusted by the tie rod?

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    Yes
     
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    I had a 75 K5 with 4 inch lift that felt like that, years ago. I eventually found cracking on the frame where the steering box mounts. Easy fix. There are repair kits available that you weld in. A very common problem on lifted square bodys with big tires. Hope this helps. Let us know when you figure it out. Good luck.
     
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    I put a new box on it. The frame is fine. Thanks tho

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    Put an ORD frame kit on it anyway.
     
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    Lol. I think I've replaced enough things that aren't broke trying to diagnose this steering.

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    Alignment done. Drives straight but steering wheel is still everywhere! Bumb steering and sloppy. There's literally nothing else to replace! I'm getting to wits end here.

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