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Drag link for the steering keeps coming off? Is their something that holds it on

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If the drag link has threads on each end? you can replace the ends
if not you replace the complete drag link

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Is there an adjustment on the steering gear box for play in the steering wheel?

Welcome to the wonderful world or old-school steering systems. What you mention is very common in older GM vehicles. The gearbox gets sloppy, and with the additional issue of the drag link and idler arm, you eventually get what we old-timers call "mystery steering". It reminds you of the old movies where they have a person in the car driving with the scenery projected behind them and they are constantly moving the wheel left and right. There may be something that is really needing repair, but more than likely, you are spoiled by later model vehicles with power rack-and -pinion steering. These are very tight compared to the older vehicles and when you change from one to the other, the difference is more noticeable than ever.,

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I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4 X 4 that has recently developed trouble steering at very low speeds or while sitting still. I checked the fluid levels in the power steering pump while hot and cold and it...

the "steering" shock is dragging internally more than likely- replace it and check tie rod ends- booth sides and due a grease fitting lube- should fix it

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Do the ball joints come out of the drag link and tyerod and if so how? 84 Holden shuttle bus.

well first off the ball joints dont connect to either the tie rods or the drag link ...if you are refering to if the tie rods are rebuildable they come as a new complete piece

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1994 Beretta: When I turn my car something sounds like it is rub...

1) Have you snapped the pulley belt, the power steering pump is powered by this? 2) check the track rod arms and where they enter of the steering rack. Sometimes the bearing that keeps the rack central breaks and the rack then rubs the outer tube causing a dragging noise and heavy steering

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Need to repair drag link is this common and how do i do it

I don't know if it is common on Jeeps but it does happen. The most common problem with drag links is the holes wear out of round which is normally associated with the tie rods not being tight enough. To change it you will need a "pickle fork" and a heavy hammer. You can pick up the fork at any autoparts store but they come in 2 sizes, you'll need the smaller one for tie rod ends. The bigger one is for ball joints.
With the Jeep in the air take the inner tie rod ends off first, remove the nuts and wedge the pickle fork between the tie rod and drag link and wack it with the hammer until it pops out. DON'T turn the tie rods when they are out, you'll screw up your alignment. Once the tie rods are off, do the same at the steering box and idler arm on the frame and the drag link should come off. If you have stabilizers for steering control they need to come off first. Re installation is just the reverse. Make sure you put some muscle into tightening the nuts on your connection points. Hope this helps.

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Play in steering and rough riding when stopping or slowing down

A drag link is another name for one of the steering arms that connect to your steering gearbox. It usually has at least one Tie Rod end, and another connection to the steering linkage. They are not too hard to change, ;you just need a joint separator tool, which most auto parts stores will loan or sell.
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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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A drag link is one of the many components of your steering assembly what type if noise are you hearing, is your steering tight or loose?

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