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Old 03-26-2017, 03:37 AM   #1
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I'd guess this has been asked before but what is the most common cause for these trucks to seem to dart all over the road? Both my trucks drive exactly the same. I've replaced ball joints, sway bar end links and strut rod bushings on both. And, new tie rods on the 94 and still darts.. Both trucks steering wheels feel very light and makes it even worse because I tend to over correct.
On my 97 daily, I'm pretty sure the alignment needs set after I cranked the torsions but it don't pull one way or the other. Caster/camber possibly?
Should also note that both trucks had this issue befor any lowering.
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the steer boxes tend to get loose with age and are sloppy.
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Pita to change?
I did read somewhere about a bit of adjustment on them and, tried it on the 94. Didn't help much if any.
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I notice that wheel bearings seemed to help me with this issue.
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Never thought of that thanks
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I got all my bearings and seals of eBay for less than 40 bucks.
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Yes there is a worm gear at the top of the gear box under the hood. First you loosen the gear with a 17mm sock if I remember, turn the square nut in the middle, tighten back up, and then check the response in your steering wheel. It should tighten up a little, just don't over tighten or you run the risk of the wheel not wanting to return.
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I notice that wheel bearings seemed to help me with this issue.
I know it's been a while since I began this thread but... Was messing around with my truck tonight and had the right front wheel lifted off the ground and sure enough I had a boot cracked on the upper ball joint. I didn't see any play in the joint but tilting the tire top to bottom it had IMO excessive play. Left to right not so much. Thought it may be a loose wheel but I can see the rotor and wheel moving together. So, looks like the wheel bearings/races are worn pretty bad.
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UPDATE*
Pulled everything apart and it appears that on the right side at least the preload on the bearing was not right...the nut just spun off with zero resistance.. still investigating this.
Pulled the ball joint and it seemed bound up in places not very smooth at all. Got a new one and replaced it. Should be at least some better now just by fixing the ball joint.
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Found this on the side with less slack in the rotor. Got both sides bearings changed and no more slop in the wheels in either direction. Not driven it yet because I found both front brake lines were dangerously dry rotted. May as well put them on it while I have it apart.
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