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#623562 - June 26th 2013 9:50 pm Steering loose
JnyQst Offline
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Registered: May 21st 2013 2:24 pm
Posts: 18
Loc: United States
Hey y'all,
Back with my '95 GMC G2500 Vandura money pit.
Driving down the highway the steering feels loose. I'm getting ready to ck the ball joints but also wondered about cking the tie rods & exactly how to do that correctly.
Thanks in advance for the input.
J

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#623695 - June 27th 2013 6:07 pm Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
Ripper Offline
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Registered: March 23rd 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 1521
Loc: Long Island, NY
There could be a whole bunch of reasons for loose steering. The first question is, how long have you owned a van? They drive different than a car. The loose feeling could be that it's a truck and not a sports car. I've been driving vans for 40 years, so when I get in a car, it feels tight to me.

If that's not it, check first with the wheels on the ground. Get a long pry bar and place it between the lower control arm and the steering knuckle (watch out for the rubber boot, you don't want to pierce it). Wiggle up and down. There should be NO movement of parts, or at the worst, very, very, did I say very? little... Repeat for the other 3 control arms.

Next, jack up one front wheel with the steering locked. Grab the wheel front and back and wiggle it. It helps to have help here. Either look at or have your helper look at the tie rods while doing this. There should be little to no movement between the tie rod and the steering knuckle or other connected parts. Repeat for the other side. Then repeat for the idler arm on the right side and the steering arm, on the steering box. None of the front end parts should move on their own, it should all move in concert, or not move at all.

It's also a good idea to check for wheel bearing play while doing this. You should not see the wheel moving more than the other parts while wiggling it back and forth. If you do, stop driving immediately and change or re-pack your wheel bearings.
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#623696 - June 27th 2013 6:10 pm Re: Steering loose [Re: Ripper]
Ripper Offline
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Registered: March 23rd 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 1521
Loc: Long Island, NY
Also... If everything checks out good, you could need a steering box adjustment. Leave that to a pro.

It could also be worn shocks, low air pressure in any of the tires or even worn springs, bushings or your seat bolts could be loose (yeah, trust me, it feels like the steering is loose).

If you have a high top, it could be wind buffeting too. A high top is like a big sail to the wind....
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#624807 - July 03rd 2013 11:32 am Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
phils Offline
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Registered: May 30th 2012 9:21 am
Posts: 207
Loc: Scotland
I can appreciate this as mines felt the same. easy visual check is the sway arm bushings, mines were done and replacments helped A LOT.
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#624817 - July 03rd 2013 12:01 pm Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
aftoyboy Offline
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Registered: July 20th 2011 1:07 pm
Posts: 969
Loc: Las Vegas, NV, US of A
Another deal to add to my list, replace the entire front end. As ripper said check everything out. Hopefully its nothing major.
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#624825 - July 03rd 2013 12:26 pm Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
frscke1 Offline
carpal tunnel

Registered: June 26th 2010 7:35 pm
Posts: 8516
Loc: San Diego California
Is the steering column loose or it just wonder's on the road...

Worn tires, under inflated tires tires, new fighting old, alignment... all of these can cause a "loose" steering wheel feeling..

Do you have a steering stabilizers ... they do help

http://www.monroe.com/en-US/catalog/e-Catalog

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#624940 - July 04th 2013 10:44 am Re: Steering loose [Re: frscke1]
use2could Offline
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Registered: June 11th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 118
Loc: San Jose,Cal
I've been thinking about adding a steering stabilizer to my van.

Is there one on each side? Hard to tell from the pic.
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#624947 - July 04th 2013 11:03 am Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
use2could Offline
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Registered: June 11th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 118
Loc: San Jose,Cal
Forgot to say have the steering box checked. I rebuilt the front end a few years back, replacing all the bushings,ball joints,tie rods,coil springs and shocks. It still wandered a little and had play in the wheel. Took the steering box out and had it rebuilt and replaced the rag joint. What a difference, no more play in the wheel. Drives like a new van.

Oh and I had them change the ratio in the box to the fastest ratio they had. The guy said they took out a little over 3/4 of a turn out of it.
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#624992 - July 04th 2013 3:38 pm Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
frscke1 Offline
carpal tunnel

Registered: June 26th 2010 7:35 pm
Posts: 8516
Loc: San Diego California
Yes dual stabilizers....
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'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146 WB




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#625029 - July 05th 2013 1:05 am Re: Steering loose [Re: JnyQst]
use2could Offline
member

Registered: June 11th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 118
Loc: San Jose,Cal
Wow is that a set up for a motorhome?

How much more effort does it take to steer?
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