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Unread 05-28-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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steering box question

First a bit of background; Ive been getting the death wobble so I brought it to the mechanic to get an alignment and he said that my u-joints and ball joints on the passenger side were shot, so I replaced them. I still haven't gotten an alignment, I'm going in friday. Now when I turn the wheel, where there used to be a popping coming from under the driver ( I thought it may have been ball joints or lower control arm), now there's more of a grinding/ popping noise when I turn the wheel coming from the same place.

Replacing the u joint and ball joint seems to have fixed most of the death wobble problem but I still get vibes after a bump on the highway, but its much more subdued. Could this be the LCA or the steering box? Or should I see what happens after the alignment?
I'm lost thanks for any advice

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Unread 05-28-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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Check your control arm bushings. As for the steering box, they're not prone to going bad but it's not unheard of for the brackets to brake causing movement in the steering box. Easiest way to check it is to just remove the driver's side bumper bolts and pull them out and the pull the bracket out from between the steering box and frame rail. If it's cracked or damaged replace it with a stronger aftermarket steel bracket.
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Unread 05-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #3
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mine wobble lessoned when i put a new steering spacer bracket in, its fairly cheap to do ebay has them, jrc and another place i found them, if you do it be ready to break the bolts, i used a torch and vise grips to get them out after the snapped, the bolts you need to replace them with are 7/16x 14 coarse thread and 4 inches is the length
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Unread 06-03-2014, 10:16 PM   #4
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hey sorry it took so long to reply ive been moving into a new apartment
to check the control arm bushings do I just shake around the control arm? or do I actually have to take it off and inspect it? And how much play, if any should the control arms have?
Thanks for the help
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