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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Steering problem 1997 Dodge Ram
the half shaft does not need to go in a certain way, Just as long as you get it in all the way. when checking steering play to see where it is. It's best to leave the truck off. Turn ignition on but dont start to unlock steering column, Then look by driverside tire while your buddy just turns the wheel only the amount of free play it has. Just back and forth usually a few inchs. till it starts getting tight. "Look at the steering shaft and you will see it turning back and forth. Then Look at the output on the pitman arm. It should move back and forth with steering shaft. slower but at the same rate. If it does not. you need a gearbox. but read up because you can adjust some of them with a locknot and screw on top of box. If it's ok. look at the drag link. And down the line. eventually you'l find the problem. Any more Q e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
That works fine on a relatively new vehicle but one that has run in salt etc you'll save a lot of time if you remove the steering knuckle completey by separating lower ball joint and outer tie rod end ball joint and bring the whole steering knuckle to a bench to separate the hub/bearing. Soak everything with penetrant, loosen the bolts a few turns and try hitting right on the bolt heads. I also made a very sharp wedge from a chisel and rammed it hard on the other side to seoarate the hub. It will finally come apart then you'll see all the **** that was binding it due to an alumininum knuckle re-acting with a steel hub. Clean the hole and grease everything and fit new bearings
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
SOURCE: fix front axle u joints
take off front drive shaft. put in a vice. lock in real tight. get socket and hammer and beat old u-joint out. put the new in. lightly tamp in the put it a vice and push the u-joints in when thats done get your socket and hammer and tamp them in farther so your snap rings can go in. when thats done. grease them and put back together
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
This failure has NO temporary fix, it is caused by the front axle "C" clip retainer failing, in the process it destroys the front differential, this is a factory defect and has been reported by 100's of 2004-2006 Titan owners, a new front differential assembly is required to fix the failure, sorry to give the bad news, what I would do is contact the local Nissan dealer and see if the factory will help with the cost of the repair or contact the Nissan customer service hotline number in your owners manaul, it is a pattern failure and I believe it has been reported to the US Department of Transportation Safety Board.
Below you will find a link to Nissan truck owners Forum, the entire thread is about the axle problems, I would read it if i were you.
Posted on Nov 19, 2010
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