I dont know what I need to replace, My steering is very sloppy, and I want to tighten it up. I have to continuously move the steering wheel left and right 4-5 inches just to keep it between the lines. Way to much play, what is worn out, and how hard to replace. I dont care about the cost, I want to fix it right. I am restoring it. Any help would be much appreciated
You need to check all of you front steering components have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth. While you lay on the ground check all joints and components for play then check your steering shaft under the hood see how far steering wheel moves to each directions to when your tires start to move your gearbox has an adjustment on it that can be adjusted it looks like a screw with a nut at the bottom loosen nut a few turns and hold it with a wrench then take screwdriver and turn screw about 1/4 keep checking wheel for play you can tighten to much so keep checking that wheel turns back when you let go if you have any loose joints undernieth replace that part
Do not touch the steering gear box. If you must, just replace it, it's around a $100. Once you start adjusting that screw on it, you will never get it working right, and you will put yourself in danger by having your steering column lock up.
Most parts are fairly cheap, get someone to turn the steering wheel back and forth really fast and see what's loose, then replace those parts.
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You don't need to.There isn't any thing behind the wheel that you can tighten. A sloppy steering column has to be removed to replace any parts making it sloppy. You best bet is to call around local junk yards or maybe Ebay and find a replacement column. Your not going to find the parts you need to fix it.
The problem can be on the power steering pump itself. If the power steering pump is faulty, the power steering fluid does not circulate properly. One good reason why it squeaks when wheel is turned. Check the power steering belt too if they are not sloppy. If it is, adjust the pump to tighten the belt.
But before doing the power steering pump replacement, please do check the power steering fluid level. You may need to fill it up a little and turn the wheel from left to right. By turning the wheel to the max left and max right, the steering fluid will circulate and may get rid of the problem.
If the problem still persists after putting on new fluids, go for the power steering pump replacement. Be sure to tighten the power steering belt after replacement.
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Everyone always gravitates to the suspension but folks, it's 99% sure that it is the EVO. The EVO is the sensor built into the steering column that senses movement of the steering wheel then controls the power steering pump accordingly. When it goes out (which is all too frequently) you get sloppy and loose steering at lower speeds and it does tighten up a bit on the highway at higher speeds. This is the way it is supposed to work but when it fails it's downright scary trying to keep the truck straight on a narrow two lane road!
Remove the steering knuckle assembly, as described previously.
Remove the bolts attaching the hub/bearing assembly to the steering knuckle.
the hub/bearing assembly from the front of the steering knuckle. The
bolt-in front wheel bearing used on the vehicle is transferable to a
replacement steering knuckle, if the bearing is in serviceable
condition. If the bearing will not come out of the steering knuckle, it
can be tapped out using a soft-faced hammer.
Thoroughly clean all parts, including the hub/bearing assembly mounting surfaces on the steering knuckle.
the replacement hub/bearing assembly onto the steering knuckle,
aligning the bolt holes of the bearing flange to the knuckle.
the attaching bolts and tighten evenly to make sure the bearing is
square to the face of the steering knuckle. Tighten the attaching bolts
to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm) on Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and
Breeze, or 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) on Sebring coupe and Avenger.
Install the steering knuckle assembly, as previously described.