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Old 05-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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Steering problems with '86 GMC Jimmy

I've got an '86 GMC Jimmy that's having steering problems...of some sort. I went to pull out of a parking lot one day and there was a POP, as I turned the wheel to pull into the first lane the truck went straight into the third. When I turn the wheel it'll go from slack to tight and the truck seems like it's trying to "catch up" in the turn, then it'll go slack again. A small bump with send it swerving all over the road.
The first thing we replaced was the steering box. I took it down the beach in 4WD and it did fine. When I got home I noticed the passenger side front was smoking right behind the wheel. I'm thinking that may have something to do with it but not sure...It drove fine for a while, but then the same thing happened again. It'll drive now in 4WD. but you can still feel that somethings off. Also i have to turn the steering wheel about 2 full rotations before the wheels will turn.
Someone told me to replace the Tie Rods. So, that's what I'm doing next.

Anyone know what exactly is going on? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Also i have to turn the steering wheel about 2 full rotations before the wheels will turn.


And you're still driving it??

If you climb up under it- not jacked up, just sitting in park or with the parking brake set and/or wheels chocked so it cannot roll- have someone work the steering wheel one way then back the other way while you watch to see where the play is. Two full revolutions of the steering wheel could be a stripped spline on the steering box output shaft or trashed steering box. And there could be bad tie rod ends, a loose Pittman or idler arm, a shot center link or even bad ball joints adding to the problem.

It sounds like this would be a good time to go through the entire front end steering and suspension and repair or replace as needed.
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And you're still driving it??

If you climb up under it- not jacked up, just sitting in park or with the parking brake set and/or wheels chocked so it cannot roll- have someone work the steering wheel one way then back the other way while you watch to see where the play is. Two full revolutions of the steering wheel could be a stripped spline on the steering box output shaft or trashed steering box. And there could be bad tie rod ends, a loose Pittman or idler arm, a shot center link or even bad ball joints adding to the problem.

It sounds like this would be a good time to go through the entire front end steering and suspension and repair or replace as needed.

Oh no, I'm not driving it. My dad said its okay to drive but I refuse to. Don't want to mess it up anymore. This is my first vehicle, so i'm planning on fixing it up.
Oh and I actually replaced the steering box twice...hoping i don't have to do that again. Thanks so much for the help! I'll start with the tie rod ends and go from there. It seems to puzzle most people I talk to about it...so Thanks again!
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Do what Colbalt 327 said. Have some one GENTLY move the steering wheel back and forth until the tires start to move. Note what was moving around sloppily underneath and start there. Keep replacing parts until there is no more slop.
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