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Old 10-23-2008, 09:41 AM
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Front End Locks Up ?

Hello everyone, I just encountered a front end problem with a 1985 S-10 front end. It's a 1959 Dodge on a S-10 frame and drivetrain. Only the 1959 Dodge cab is on the frame and the bed is a home made flat bed. Nothing has been done to the S-10 other than remove the entire body. The project has been fun and for the past 4 months the vehicle has run real good. A week ago I was pulling into the local parts store and when I turned right into the store's driveway; the steering stayed locked in the right hand direction. (It does not have a locking steering wheel) The truck stayed idling the whole time and I kept trying to rotate the steering wheel to the left. No luck. I revved the motor to 1800 RPMs' and tried turning left, still no luck. I shut the motor off and looked under the vehicle and under the hood; I could not see anywhere that the front suspension might be stuck on any other part. I checked the calipers and they were not touching the rotors. I started the truck again and checked the power steering fluid and it was at the correct level. After a couple of minutes , the front end unlocked and I could turn in either direction with no problem. The problem happened again on the way home , but this time to the left. So, I parked the truck and am trying to figure this out. Anyone ever encounter this problem before ?? I would welcome any thoughts or ideas to this problem !! Thanks.

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Old 10-24-2008, 08:42 AM
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check the gear box for excessive wear, try adjusting it by losening the nut on the top of the box and turn the screw counter clockwise to add play to the box or clockwise to remove play. there should be approx 10 derees of free play in the gear box. if you can not adjust the free play then replace the gear box. also check the valve on the back of the power steering pump at the high pressure line. it will sometimes get debris in it and cause very high pressure to the gear box.
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I had a similar situation recently with a saginaw 700 box which is what you have there. The proportioning valve inside the steering box went south which required the replacement of the entire box. Rebuilt units are not that pricey at about $140.00 from the local parts places. Better get it fixed before you drive it much further or you might wind up with other things to fix as well. Good luck.
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Front end locks up

Hi, Thanks for the info Wedgieman & Houston54. I'll try the steering box. My wife suggested the steering box also !! Man, I'm going to hear about this from my wife for a LONG time if it is the steering box.... " I told you I knew what I was talking about! " After all of these years ; I'm enjoying the taste of CROW. Thanks Again; I'll keep you posted. litoagain
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