Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Western Massachusetts
Have some one sit in the drivers seat and turn the wheel back and forth while you watch all of the components from the front. look to see if there is a dead spot in the steering,(the steering wheel turns a little bit but nothing is turning up front) could be a sloppy lower steering shaft going in to the steering box or the box may need adjustment. Next while your friend is still turning the wheel back and forth (only a little bit is needed) grab the tie rod ends and look and feel for any play, there are four of them. also make sure the steering box mounting bolts are tight, and the U-bolts that hold the axle to the springs are tight, front AND rear. the ball joints can be checked by jacking up the front tire off the ground and prying the wheel up with a long bar and checking for play ( perhaps someone else can explain this part in more detail, hard for me to explain)last thing i can think of right now is to check your axle U-joints they should be nice and free, however i dont know of a way to check them with out taking them out( refer to your shop manual if you have one, its not hard) they dont need to be engaged for them to be a problem either as they will not allow the wheels to self center if they are bound up.
Hope this helps, keep us posted as to what you find. I'm curious as to what the problem is.
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