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Old 01-23-2005, 02:13 PM
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steering box symptoms

Was wondering what the symptoms of a steering box gone bad are. My 92 K1500 w/230k miles is having some steering problems. I sometimes can turn the wheel going into a sweeping curve and the truck does not want to turn and I have to apply more wheel. In middle of turn the wheel will get very loose or easy to turn. All linkages seem ok with no excess slop. Makes driving a bit unnerving to say the least. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-23-2005, 02:17 PM
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Sounds like a bad center link. Go to your local alignment shop. Ask for repair estimate. They will generally check front end free of charge.
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I worked on an old (67) Tbird with a similar problem and it was the box. It would occasionally be difficult to turn in one direction, about halfway thru the turn, and then get easy again. The other direction was fine though.

I disconnected the pitman after checking the front end, and I couldn't find any roughness or loosness in anything, so I guessed box, and was right. I think it might have felt a little rough in one direction too, with all disconnected....
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Had a similar problem on my wife's 97 Tahoe. I can't remember if your truck has speed sensitive steering or not. On the 97 Tahoe it was the steering wheel position sensor at the bottom of the steering column.

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My '79 Suburban weirded out like that when the leaky water pump squirted coolant on the power steering belt.
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