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I have trouble steering...the truck wanders over the road...i have replaced idler arms, pitman arm, center link, shocks, brakes, new tires, front end alignment, bearings...the right front tire sits straight but the left front tire points to the left making the truck want to drive down the road at an angle...steering was replaced upon recall

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When the steering wheel is centred, the front wheels should both point slightly inwards.
after the amount of parts changed, i would recommend that you get the tracking checked at a garage using the proper, calibrated measuring systems, to make sure that the steering is set up properly and safely.

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You checked everything but the steering box and rack. They have specific angles measurements for installation .. It appears there may be a mismatch of parts or wrong centering techniques.

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I have a 1994 gmc sonoma with 150,000 miles that follows the contour of the road to much or wonders what can cause this,when I get an alignment they tell me everything is fine.


Your vehicle has the "old-style" front steering...inner & outer tie rods, center link, pitman and idler arms. Wandering is often caused by a worn idler arm. At 150000 miles it is not unusual for them to wear out. A GOOD mechanic will catch a worn idler during inspection when aligning the vehicle. Many techs are too lazy and don't bother.

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It can be difficult to make the determination without someone helping you. The pitman arm comes off the steering box output shaft and is the first motion that is evident from steering input. To check play here, let vehicle remain on the ground to where the front tires touch and restrain any movement. Have assistant turn steering wheel back and forth while you note any movement between shaft and drag/center link connection. At the sane time slide over to passenger's side of drag/center link and note any movement between the fixed idler arm and its connection to the drag/center link. Some slight movement is allowable, but substantial movement requires replacement. A good step-by-step instruction for replacment can be found here: http://autorepair.about.com/od/fixityourself/ss/pitman-arm-repl.htm

Once safely on jack stands, have your assistant grasp the driver's side tire at 9 and 3 o'clock and make short quick movements in and out. Observe any movement. Closely inspect movement at the inner and outer tie rods as well as their connection to the drag link. 29c82074-af7b-4186-95b2-53eac0555ed7.gif

Replace any item that is excessively worn. Use a pickle fork or ball joint separator tool to dismantle and take measurements of length of worn out items in order to approximate re-installation of new part.
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Once you have replaced the worn parts you will still need to have a front-end alignment, but this will get you close. Good Luck!

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How can u tell if idler arm is bad.


3 Symptoms of a bad idler arm,
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  2. When sitting still, there is considerable play in the steering wheel. It can be moved considerably with no resistance.
  3. When sitting still, and with the front wheels off the ground, it is possible to move the wheels side to side without the steering wheel moving. also check out the tie rods and Pitman arm,
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If the alignment and suspension are fine...it has to be a seperated radial tire...first be sure the idler arm and pitman arm are not worn out...(but this should be part of the front end inspection) A belt seperation in the tire can cause vibaration and tracking concerns. Your local tire dealer should be able to measure this for free...it is called "radial tire runout"...the tire is beginning to shape more like an egg. Hope this helps.

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How to change the pittman arm and idler arm on a 1999 S10 Chevy Blazer 4x4?


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You could have a worn idler arm and pitman arm. The idler arm is more common to wear out before the pitman arm so start with that and have the front end aligned. Inspect all your front end steering components for damaged and worn out parts that need to be replaced.
Thank you for using Fixya, you did replaced your brake rotor when you replaced the brake pads right???

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