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Replaced the Steering Gear on the truck the other day. I no longer have a leak, but I'm still having issues with the steering at the moment.
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Steering gear started leaking at the input shaft several months ago. Drove it around for quite a while, topping off the power steering pump occasionally to avoid running it dry. The PS pump still ran dry on more than one occasion however. One day I was out driving around and pulled the truck up onto the freeway, crossed the two right hand lanes and turned the wheel to the right to center myself in the passing lane. When I did this, the truck started jerking back and forth like I was bucking a really heavy cross wind, but there was no wind. It settled out and ran fine straight down the road for a few miles. Then I turned the wheel to the right to exit the highway via the exit ramp, at which point the vehicle dove sharply to the right like the front shocks were dead, or you were driving with loose lug nuts, or a worn pitman arm... very scary ride. Correcting course caused the vehicle you jerk side to side again. The condition has rapidly gotten worse in the last few weeks, and I've only driven 3 times in that time frame. Once to test it around town on the back roads, once to pick up parts in town, and one more time to replace the leaking Steering Gear.
I have new shocks on the truck, and a new (rebuilt) Steering Gear, and a new Borgenson steering shaft... all the joints are lubed and appear to be tight, but I'll check them again when I have a little spare time. The only item I'm not really sure about is the condition of PS Pump. I do know that when turning the wheel, especially to the right, there is a delayed response in the steering when rolling along at any speed. Sitting at idle it's tight, but once the wheels are turning there is a prominent delay in steering response. I have also noticed that when turning the wheel very slowly, the feel is not smooth and linear like it normally would be; it feels like the steering wheel is turning over bumps in the linkage... smooth, bump, smooth, bump....
Still scratch'n my head here at the moment. I had assumed it was the Steering Gear, but apparently not. Either that or the new rebuilt AC Delco Steering Gear is no good, but I tend to doubt that. Than again it would be just my luck.
It's to dang quiet around here. Somebody make some noise!
Still searching for the cause of my steering issues with the truck. It's hard to pinpoint problems like this when you're by yourself all the time, and you don't have a lift. I know the ball joints are good, I was able to double checked all "3" of those the other day, nothing loose. New steering gear appears to be good, but I would have to pull it off and bench test it to be certain. Could have a sloppy King Pin too I suppose, but again, tuff to check when you're alone in the driveway without pulling everything apart.
I ordered some new parts for the front axle yesterday. The king pin assembly on the passenger side "appears" to have some play in it, so I decided to just go ahead and tear everything down. I'll replace both King Pin Assemblies, the U-Joints for the axles, Wheel Bearings, Brake Rotors and Calipers etc..
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Thanks Brother... I use the Rock quite often actually, but not this time around.
Ordered the King Pin Kits from 4wdfactory... the rest I'll probably source locally.
66 is ready for a Bullet cam break in today.
Received my new King Pin assemblies today.
The truck is to big to fit in my garage (carriage barn), but I'm going to drive the front half in there anyway, so I can do this job out of the sun and other unpleasant weather anomaly's.
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Hope the move went well !!
I'm still living... Life just gets in the way sometimes. Sorry I have Been absent, Some other dutys had called for my presents...
Looks like a fun job for the old Rust Bucket.... Ooups, I mean Montana....
Good Morning To All Y'all.... Sorry I have been away... Glad to know I have been missed.... Hope you all have been well and Blessed.
Things are good around here in SO-CAL... Hot 95* today... Been having to care for the wife a little more so that has been kind of keeping occupied with spare time off. Work is nuts. Trying to balance my regular duties and then write Bid Specs for new equipment has been a challenge. Well Mopar on Brothers and Sisters.... What are you up too...
Mike: That molding is coming along nice !!! Good To see your doing well after the Stone issue..
I know all about them balancing acts. It's a way of life here! Hope all is well with the wife?
I'm not quite done with the kidney stone stuff yet, but I'm 95% done. Still running a few more tests over the course of the next few of months. After that I should be 100%.... 24 hour Piss Test today.
Weather is starting to cool off here on the east coast, which is a welcomed changed. Time to perform those outside duties know.
Pulled the truck into the garage this morning and put the front axle up on 3 jack stands. No time to work on it today however, maybe tomorrow morning.
I did break the screws loose on the locking hubs though, just to be sure it wasn't going to be an issue in the morning.
Nice looking truck!!