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younggun59 05-24-2012 09:14 AM

Why does it wobble
I am a 15 year-old and i am restoring a '59 chevy truck. I was wondering why my steering wheel shakes back and forth even when the truck is still?

blwn31 05-24-2012 09:41 AM

Sounds like the steering box is worn and needs adjustment, or replacement if the wear is bad enough. Glad to see you young guns taking on an old project. It's gonna be a nice ride when your done.


boatbob2 05-24-2012 10:16 AM

Sounds like you have play in the steering box,or,its worn out. on the top of the box,you will find a nut,holding a stud with a screwdriver slot,(usually) loosen nut,using a screw driver turn stud in (clockwise) about 1/4 turn,tighten nut,check for steering wheel play,still loose? do the adjustment again,only 1/4 turn at a time though.keep going,unless the box is worn out,this SHOULD fix the problem...BUT,it could also be worn out suspension components..(bad ball joints,or tie rods.) have a friend move steering wheel (rock it)while you look at the front end this,BEFORE adjusting steering box.. :welcome:

Cape Cod Bob 05-24-2012 07:48 PM

Why does the movie "Christine" come to mind. :rolleyes:

timothale 05-24-2012 09:36 PM

double check before driving
If the wear is bad enough in the straight ahead position you could tighten it too much and not be able to turn, or be very hard to turn .

1ownerT 05-25-2012 04:27 PM

Or when turning it will not return to center on it's own, you will have to manually turn it back...not safe.

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