Steering Stabilizer on 1996 Dodge Ram 4x4, 5.9 360, 35"tires 3" l
Was looking to replace my steering stabilizer with an OEM replacement for my original. After much research, and consideration, I understand that it is best to go with a dual system if the veh. has tires 35" and over, or alot of weight on the front end. If I buy a "complete kit" is it hard to install? I'm only going to have 18 days to do it while I'm home visiting from Iraq, so can't afford any problems. Thanks for the help!
Re: Steering Stabilizer on 1996 Dodge Ram 4x4, 5.9 360,...
The kits are very easy to install. I have dual setups on all my trucks. It makes a huge difference no matter what size tire you're runnning. Take a look at skyjacker or procomp. I run both systems with no problems.
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Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
NOTE: The wheels of the vehicle must be straight ahead and the steering column in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft from the steering gear. Failure to do so will cause the SIR coil assembly (clock spring) to become uncentered, which may cause damage to the assembly.
Lock the steering column by installing the J42640 into the underside of the steering column.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the tires and wheels.
Remove the power steering gear heat shield.
Remove or disconnect the following:
CAUTION Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the steering gear and/or intermediate shaft. This damage can cause loss of steering control, which could result in personal injury.
Intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt and coupling from gear
Pressure and return pipes from the gear
Electrical connector, if equipped Stabilizer shaft links at lower control arms
Remove the left stabilizer shaft insulator.
Rotate the stabilizer shaft to access steering gear bolts.
The outer tie rod retaining nuts.
Using J24319-B separate the outer tie rods from the steering knuckles.
Rack and pinion attaching bolts
Rack and pinion assembly through the left wheel opening.
Transfer the outer tie rods if replacing the power steering gear.
Install or connect the following:
Rack and pinion assembly through the left wheel opening and tighten the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
Electrical connector, if equipped Pressure and return lines to the steering gear and tighten the fittings to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm)
Heat shield and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. Lbs. (10 N)
Install the left stabilizer shaft insulator.
Install stabilizer shaft Links to lower control arms
Intermediate shaft to the steering gear and tighten the pinch bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
Install the outer tie rods to the steering knuckles.
Install the outer tie rods retaining nuts. torque the nuts to 22ft.lbs(30 Nm) plus an additional 180 degrees.
Install the tires and wheels.
Lower the vehicle.
Remove the steering column anti rotation pin from the steering column.
Fill and bleed the power steering system.
Adjust the front toe.
Lock the steering column by installing the Steering Column Anti Rotation Pin tool J 42640 into the underside of the steering column--Aurora
The play in the steering wheel could be a combination of several issues, but if you haven't replaced the track bar bushings latley that will make a huge improvement. Stabilizer bar bushings, tie rod bushings, link and pitman arm bushings will all make huge improvements. On a larger more costly scale, it could be your steering gear box or coupler ($260.00 installed), this can be determined by trying to manually turn your steering bar by hand, if you can it's bad. The bushings on all parts are a relatively easy fix but I recommend getting a two-jaw puller, the ball joints can be a bit stubborn. My first bet is the track bar, hope this helps
It is likely both your track bar and the lack of a steering gear box stabilizer. The bushings on your stock track bar can be replaced with polyeurethane or metal bushings which will help curb the problem.
The steering stabilizer attaches to your steering gear box and your frame allowing the steering to be more stable. I have put both on my truck and it drives like a caddy now as a result. If I had to choose between the two items, my money would go to the steering stabilizer first. I believe I bought mine here:
Hope this helps
my jeep had the same problem. it was the shocks going bad along with the steering stabilizer. all easy to replace and costs about 170 far all the parts. search how to replace shocks jeep grand cherokee on google if you need more help on replacing them. i got my parts at autoanything.com (free shipping)