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Old 12-01-2004, 04:49 PM
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Really loose steering

The truck I am currently driving is a 96 GMC and it has about 1/8th turn of slack before the wheels even move and I would like to know what it would cost me at a front end shop to get that fixed. thank you for your information. all help is appreciated.

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Old 12-01-2004, 04:55 PM
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They might be able to just adjust the steering box, which is quite simple (if thats all whats wrong). Or it could be all kinds of loose joints, i'd say worst case maybe $200. has it had any front end work done before?
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:08 PM
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no this is the first problem with the steering that i have had
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my first guess would be play in the linkage for the steering, you can check it out yourself by jacking up the front end and shaking the wheel (with the steering locked) and look for play in the connections
(might be easier with a second person-one to look and one to shake)
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Old 12-06-2004, 09:58 AM
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thank you for your help. i'll try that in my spare time.
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Check your frame where the steering box is located. Many GMs with big tires seem to crack the frame there. My buddies was cracked in two places from front to back, above and below the box. Each crack was about 4" long and allowed the frame to flex. We welded it up and added a 1/8" flat plate (opposite side of the frame from the box) the full width of the frame and extending about 4" on either side of the box and it's never given him any trouble since.
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