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Loose steering Im looking to purchase an 89 GMC Step Van: I think it is a P30. My brother test drove it and said the steering is very loose; he said he had to turn the steering wheel almost all the way before it started to turn. He also said when he went around a corner that he had to turn the steering wheel all the way then he had to turn it all the way in the opposite direction to straighten back up. Do you knopw what this is and the cost to fix it, as far as part and labor? Thanks

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  • john Dec 12, 2012

    The question about part and labor was actually a question to a mechanic. i copied and pasted it to here without adjusting the question. I thought this was a site to post questions about mech. problems, if not what is it for?



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Can not guess at most vehicle problems without
having the vehicle to check over,Sorry

Parts & Labor costs are discussed at the shop you choose

No one knows what someone else would charge

Posted on Dec 12, 2012


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I think the problem you have is the steering assembly being loose.

To repair this, you must remove the steering wheel and work slowly down the column assembly, removing the indicator switch, ignition switch and other assorted springs and things. Lay out the removed parts in the order and orientation you remove them, take digital pictures or draw sketches at all stages, watch the spring placements. I also unplug the column looms to give you more room by moving the switches away for the area in the column where you are working.

Once you get far enough down the column you will see the three bolts that are loose, hidden in a sub assembly. I have only been able to tighten two of these over the years. This is a common fault.

Rebuild the column using the reverse of the order you removed it.

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5) To the right of the wiring harness is a small black box with a zip tie over it. This is the source of your problem. Just slide the zip tie to the right so that the box can then be pulled out.

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