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Here's what's happening:
I can be driving down the road and everything's fine. Then suddenly the steering wheel seems to get hard to turn to the left.
I can turn it to the right a bit and back and it's fine again for a while.
I've been able to overcome this everytime...so far, but it can be scary at times.
Sometimes I'll get a pop that sounds like it's in the column at the wheel.
I've pulled all that apart expecting to have a bad bearing (everything in there is new BTW) but it looks fine.
I have noticed a little bit of play at the top of the column.
I can move the steering wheel up and down just a fraction of an inch.
Just enough you can see and feel the movement.
I looked for things hanging up inside and can find no evidence of that.
While I had it up on stands last time I turned the wheels back and forth and it seemed fine.
I couldn't make it do it.
I'm baffled and have a long trip coming up on Friday.
Any ideas?
Could it be in the steering box? I put a box off a 57 in last year and it wasn't doing this before that.
I got a rebuild kit, but it was suggested to me not to mess with it if it was still intact (ie not taken apart) and worked smoothly. (which it was and did)
I drove it like this to Pigeon Forge. But I was constantly moving the wheel back and forth checking it.
 

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Just thinking out loud here - I wonder if you have a ball missing or if there's a cracked or broken race for the recirculating balls.

But it just as easily could be a ball joint, tie rod end, idler arm bushing, or control arm bushing. In fact I'd check the idler arm first.
 

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I'll check it, but it's all new. Everything. Tie rod ends, ball joints, bushings, bearings from the suspension all the way up to the steering wheel.
('cept inside the box)
I know that don't necessarily mean it's all good.
I'll just have to start at one end and check it through to the other.
Thanks.
 

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Otis, I've got the ball bearing idler kit, so no rubber to bind.
I'm leaning toward the box as well, was just hoping for a quicker/easier fix.
I'll do some more checking tomorrow.
 

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I got another used box that felt really, really smooth.
The lower end of the sector shaft wasn't even oily, so I knew the seal was intact.
I got it put in on Thursday a week ago and we left for Ohio on Friday.
We just got back yesterday. No issues with the steering at all.
This is a nice, tight box. Just what every guy wants...:rolleyes::sign0020:
I also took some time and smoothed the edges of the ball seats and springs in the relay rod. Any sharp edges I rounded over with the fiber wheel on my bench grinder, just to make sure there's no binding in there.
It steered straight and true with very little correction at the steering wheel.
Very nice. The last box I was always having to rock the wheel to stay straight.
We hit a couple cruise ins, visited with some great folks and had a wonderful trip.
 

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Glad you got it fixed Jeff.....Erratic steering is nothing to fool with :eek:
 
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