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The steering doesn't come back center all that well and is tight and loose when you turn

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Check your power steering fluid and belt.

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My89 dodge dakotas steering is copletely loose and wheels dont turn at all everything seems to be attached,whats the problem

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How do you tighten the steering column on a 1988 Oldsmobile 98?

What is the problem with it? The column is bolted tight to a heavy dash brace. At the bottom, the center steering shaft has a coupling to the rack and pinion steering gear (just below and behind the engine). The steering wheel is fixed tight to the center steering shaft.
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Car squeeks when turning the stearing wheel

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hi, if the sound comes from behind your wheels try checking the steering rack isnt loose also check the tracking rods, easiest way to check these are park your car tight against a curb and try and turn the steering wheel if your wheels are tight to the curb your steering shouldnt move. if the steering wheel can be moved your steering rack is loose. if the sound is more center to the engine your cambelt is slipping and needs adjusting or replacing.

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2" of slop in the

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Pitman arm or steering box clunks when steering back and forth.Steering box shaft on pitman arm seems like play in it.

There is an adjustment on the steering box.You will see a stud with a nut on top. Loosen the nut,and turn the stud with a screwdriver while moving the steering wheel back and forth. Don't tighten too tight,as the steering wheel won't return to center when turning a corner. If that doesn't stop the clunk,you will need to change out the steering box.

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Steering wheel turns more than the wheels turn. fight to keep straight

with engine off, have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth. Check under the hood along the steering shaft for loose u-joints. check the steering box, check joints at either end of drag link(from steering box down to passenter wheel) and tie rod ends. do this with engine off so wheels dont turn. and by the way, jeeps have sloppy steering boxes from the factory, so don't expect excellent, tight steering when you're done. good luck

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Steering box adjustment, how

Before you do this procedure, check the rubber or universal joint connector between steering column and the steering gear. If it's worn it will cause looseness and there's your problem. Otherwise, there is a threaded screw with a lock nut on the top of steering gear. Clean threads first. Put a large flat screwdriver on the screw and loosen the lock nut. Back it off several turns. Now, screw the screw down into the gear box. Not too tight though. Your actually jamming the gears back together. Back it off a 1/2 turn or so and run it back in lightly. Hold the screwdriver and tighten the lock nut. This is usually effective.

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1976 Maverick and the steering is too loose. May be the gearbox, can it be adjusted?

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