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Old 05-14-2005, 01:38 PM
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I have a 1993 Buick Roadmaster which has basicly the same suspension as a chevy caprice. The problem is the steering has a lot of play in it. I took it to a shop to get the front suspension checked out and the guy said my centerlink and idler arm needed to be replaced. After replacing them, the steering is still loose. Also whenever I run over bumps or potholes in the road there is change rattling and a thump sound coming from the front right wheel. I already checked the bearing and they are fine.

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Old 05-14-2005, 02:31 PM
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two person procedure

w/ motor off get someone to shake the wheel back and forth while u inspect each part
start hard and then softer
i start from the furthest point to the steering box (not to familiar with those cars)or rack if u find nothing until that point skip to the rag joint if u still find nothing then it ll be in the rack or the box
shocks /struts and sway bar links will make noise
for the ball joints u will need a floor jack and a 3' 4' pry bar
jack the wheel just enough so u can push it up n down again 2 people
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Also jack it up and try to move the front wheels left and right by grabbing the tire. Dont try to turn the steering wheel when doing this just look for slop in the tie rod ends. Also try the same thing holding top and bottom of the tire.
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The rattling and thumping could be caused by worn out o-rings in the caliper mounts. Does the noise go away when you step on the brakes?

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Im guessing bad shocks..........The front end guy should have seen it............
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ah yea get a different front end guy most definitely

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The steering gear box caused the loose steering and the stabilizer link was causing the noises when i hit a bump. 1 of the rubber rings came off the rod. I got a new gear box and a stabilizer link kit and now it is like new.
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