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My steering has alot of play in it. I checked out all the steering conections and it is all tight. Has anyone had this problem? Could it be my steering box or mabey something from the steering wheel to the stearing box?
 

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It aint a sports car, whatcha expect?
 

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mines same way i can wobble my steering wheel quarter turn both ways going down high way and it dont do a damn thing to the truck.:popc1:
 

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how about a borgeson steering shaft. it helped mine. I also used two u joints instead of the rag joint.
My steering has alot of play in it. I checked out all the steering conections and it is all tight. Has anyone had this problem? Could it be my steering box or mabey something from the steering wheel to the stearing box?
 

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If you had tighter steering you would probably flip the thing. I honestly think they were designed to be loose.

Not to mention we have recirculating ball steering, not rack and pinion. It's not gonna be tight.
 

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not certain about this but it might be worth asking someone with more steering know how but I was told last week that the adjustment screw on top of the steering box actually centers the worm gear stuff up. Dude said something about if the gears get out of alignment you will have slack but if you adjust the "rider" gear center on the worm, it will tighten you steering up. It might have been BS but I could not call his bluff casue I reallt don't know jack about the steering boxes other than what they do.lol
 

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I have the same problem and have been puttin off gettin to it, but...

An engineer I work with drove my truck and that was the first thing he noticed. He told me what biggboy was talkin about. There is a nut on that screw that you have to lossen first. The nut just holds the screw from turning once you hae it adjusted. Then you tighten the screw which adjusts theplay in the worm gear as biggboy also said. The guy I worked with warned that getting it too tight can also cause problems. He said to tighten it up then back it off half a turn. One of my buddies had an 89 F-150 that had the same problem. He adjusted his too tight and didnt back it off a half a turn and had to keep doing it. He ended up replacing the box.

Hope this helps.
 

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Mines tight, feel every little time you move it. It's actually to touchy :shrug
My 96 is still tight, but my 90 is so loose it's about 1/4 of a turn of slack. When i drive my 96 i have to be careful because i start weaving everywhere thinking im driving my 90 with the slack. The people behind me probably think im drunk or something.
 

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If the adjustment is too tight, it won't straighten up after turning. We've been working on this with the wife's 90. My 89 is pretty good, but sloppy nonetheless. Short wheelbase syndrome.
 

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Replace the ragjoint and DO NOT play with the worm gear as you can adjust it too much and when you turn it just enough, it sill stick. Not fun at 50mph. Lots of trucks have been rolled because of this. The steering should be tight - just like a car - and if it isn't, then its either the steering box or the rag joint. Mine is abiout 1" off and my friends 85 is almost 1/4 tuen off. We have actually held on to the lower shafts on both trucks and watched the upper shaft turn way befre the lower because of the rag joints. I believe it is because a rag joint in a 3 ton vehicle isn't enough to keep it tight after 20 years.
 

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It aint a sports car, whatcha expect?
Mine used to be tight. Then it just got sloppy.

I was also told to tighten up the worm gear a little and see if it helps. I will check out the rag Joint and see wether its any good.

Thanks for the imput
 

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RAG JOINT $14 at Kragen and a little work but an easy fix you can find the part in the HELP section at KRAGEN, AUTOZONE, so on if not this maybe the Tilt in your steering nuckle bt mine was the RAG JOINT mine is perfect now!
 

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