1600 steering - too much play

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lasalle_1600
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1600 steering - too much play

Postby lasalle_1600 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:45 am

I have a 67 1600 that I am rebuilding and have a question about how to fix the play in my steering. I can turn the steering wheel an inch or more before the wheels react. I've dismantled the steering gear box and don't see a way to tighten it up any more than I have. Could the problem be somewhere else?


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Re: 1600 steering - too much play

Postby themadscientist » Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:05 am

Check all the steering links for worn joints.Any loose points will display steering wheel slop. You have an idler arm in that system, yes? That is a prime culprit. The bushing wears out after, decades.

lasalle_1600
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Re: 1600 steering - too much play

Postby lasalle_1600 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:23 am

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll tear down the linkage and replace worn parts and see how that works out.

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Re: 1600 steering - too much play

Postby themadscientist » Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:38 am

You shouldn't have to tear it down to check. You can often detect it by snatching on to the various steering components and yanking them back and forth or watching them from underneath while someone works the wheel back and forth.


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