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Old 04-05-2010, 03:41 PM   #1
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Play in the steering wheel..

Hey guys/gals..
When I got my new tires, I went to have an alignment done and they test drove. Got it on the lift, and finished, took longer than I thought it would but when they finished the head mechanic came in and said you have a LOT of play in your steering wheel.. He said from your steering box to your pitman arm that bolt/nut was lose. He said they tightened it and it works fine now and I got in, and drive it home and what a relief. It was 100% better, I could really tell what they did...

The past few days, I have noticed it coming back (as in starting to play some more) and I was wondering how I could tighten it back up again... I tried a wrench but it wouldn't really budge at all and I didn't want to put too much on it because I was afraid I would break it.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking about bringing it back by there to make them check again, that might be the easiest solution but I just want to make sure.


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Old 04-05-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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That bolt takes 180ft-lbs of torque, you won't be able to brake it with any normal wrench. Check to see if it has a cotter pin in it. If it doesn't drive it back to the shop that you got it done at and ask them to re-torque it and put a cotter pin in it.

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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At the shop now an a guy came in and said everything is tight and the head mechanic went out and said put it up and wiggle the wheel and do it still waiting on results..
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:29 PM   #4
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I went back not long ago, and they tighten the bolt on the drag link... the clamps that keep the threaded part on.. It seemed to work but it is still playing ALOT!

I went out today and the nuts/bolts connecting the stabilizer to the drag link, it was loose, so I tightened it.

Yall have any other suggestions?
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